by Marisa Montes, Marsha Winborn

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Gabbler and his wife couldn't be happier. They've just had their first egg! But during the celebrations, the Egg quietly tips, totters, and tumbles away — and everyone thinks it's been egg-napped!Come join this hilarious romp through the forest as the Gabblers and their friends search high and low for the beloved Egg. Young readers will he surprised and


Gabbler and his wife couldn't be happier. They've just had their first egg! But during the celebrations, the Egg quietly tips, totters, and tumbles away — and everyone thinks it's been egg-napped!Come join this hilarious romp through the forest as the Gabblers and their friends search high and low for the beloved Egg. Young readers will he surprised and delighted from beginning to end as this wild goose egg chase unfolds!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With gentle humor, Montes (Juan Bobo Goes to Work) addresses cooperation against adversaries, as a forest full of animals work together to rescue a runaway goose egg. Her sturdy verse follows the offspring-to-be of Mr. and Mrs. Gabbler as it rolls out of the nest and off on a wild ride. Nabbed by Doris the tortoise, rescued by Kit the flying squirrel and recaptured by a jeering Hector the Hawk, the egg is dislodged by a kick from Mrs. Gabbler and caught in midair by the intrepid Kit. " `We saved Gabbler's Egg!'/ feisty Kit led the cheer./ `We worked as a team/ and we saved someone dear!' " Winborn's (A Valentine for Norman Noggs) watercolor spreads combine the dynamism and expressiveness of animation with the softness of a blossoming spring backdrop. While the Gabblers' method of conflict resolution may not be preferred by some adults (it involves a lot of yelling and one well-placed boot in the rear), children will cheer on the antics of the forest dwellers and chuckle at Winborn's cartoon-bubble asides ("Adieu!" says Hector Hawk poetically as he flies off with the egg). Ages 3-7. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The entire woodland population is so joyful over the arrival of Mrs. Gabbler's egg that they don't notice it rolling away in the midst of their celebration. A forest full of pleased-as-punch furry faces are instantly horror-struck. What happens next is a roller coaster of fun and furor as the egg rolls in and out of the clutches of such villains as Hector the Hawk�a bad bird that sports a pirate-like eye patch and, surprisingly, speaks French. Every imaginable woods-dwelling creature, from deer and skunk to frog and fox, team up to save the runaway goose egg from disaster. Happily, some accidental teamwork and a quick-thinking flying squirrel save the day. The verse is as brisk and merry as the commotion is frantic and fun. Full-page watercolor illustrations capture the feverish pitch of the action and the disarming affection of all the members of the rescue party for one another. Readers young and old will find this "grand forest-fest" irresistible. 2002, HarperCollins,
— Betty Hicks
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Montes takes children on an amusing romp in rhyme through the great outdoors, as woodland animals of all sorts scamper around trying to find Gabbler the Goose's egg, which has disappeared from its nest. After several misadventures, the creatures regroup and, by working together, rescue the egg. "Soon-CRUNCH!/CRACK! from the Egg/popped two legs and a rear./`Count our blessings!' cried Gabbler./`Our Baby is here!'" Against a predominantly light-green background splashed with bright flowers, delightfully humorous watercolor illustrations document the antics, portraying the comical consternation of the various animals with panache. The verses scan well and suit the nature of the story, making a sparkling read-aloud, Egg-citing.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA NAPOLI, Donna Jo & Marie Kane. Rocky the Cat Who Barks. illus. by Tamara Petrosino. unpaged. Dutton. 2002. Tr $15.99. ISBN 0-525-46544-8. LC number unavailable. PreS-Gr 2-When Rocky's elderly owner can no longer care for him, the little dog is sent to live in a home with two "little monsters" and five cats that mistreat him. Although he is unhappy and terrified of the other animals, one day he does manage to muster up the courage to rescue two of the cats from the abusive children. To Rocky's surprise, this show of bravery wins him the favor of the five felines. The story effectively captures the animal's anxiety. Through Petrosino's angular cartoon drawings, readers will feel the terrified pup's unhappiness and will be appalled at the meanness of the kids as they prepare to stuff two of the cats into a backpack. Most pages are set against a splash of peach-colored background with white framing. While it isn't clear whether the children have learned a lasting lesson, Rocky has definitely earned the cats' affection.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Montes (Juan Bobo Goes to Work, 2000, etc.) takes a wild-goose chase literally in this rousing, if at times slapdash, versified story. It begins with the Gabblers and the entire woodland gang, celebrating the arrival of their first egg. As they are kicking up their feet, the egg goes on an undetected roll. (Their cry of "egg-nap!" could be disconcerting if young readers hadn't seen the egg impart on its journey.) Soon the egg is spied in the clutches of a tortoise, who claims its ownership, but a sly flying squirrel sneaks it away. But then she drops it and a hawk scoops it up ("This egg-is it goose?- / will taste great in a stew"), only to meet the wrath of Mrs. Gabbler. There is a close shave, but the egg is saved, and sure enough a little goosekins comes cracking out. Montes's verse stumbles and falls flat on occasion-"Some ran left, some ran right; / others jumped all the while. / But the animals crashed / and collapsed in a pile"-though it generally clips along at a lively pace, and by its nature the story enthralls. The animated goofiness of Winborn's (Probably Pistachio, 2001, etc.) illustrations gives the right touch of squawking energy to the tale, too. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Marisa Montes practiced family law and worked in legal publishing before she began writing full-time. Marissa has written several picture books, novels, and chapter books for children. She was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in Walnut Creek, California.

Nacida en San Juan, Puerto Rico, Marisa Montes vivió una fase de trotamundos al desplazarse con su familia a bases militares en Missouri, en Francia, y finalmente, en California. Antes de dedicarse en pleno a escribir libros para niños, Marisa practicó la abogacía y trabajó escribiendo y editando publicaciones de derecho. En la actualidad, vive en el norte de California con su esposo, David Plotkin. Ha escrito varios libros infantiles y también novelas para adolescentes.

Marsha Winborn, illustrator of A Valentine for Norman Noggs, has also illustrated Grandma's Cat and the Digby and Kate series. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Marsha Winborn es ilustradora de varios libros para lectores jóvenes, incluyendo A Valentine for Norman Noggs, por Valiska Gregory, Pepper's Journal y Probably Pistachio por Stuart J. Murphy, y Eggnapped!, por Marisa Montes.

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