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The Great Eggscape

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Publishers Weekly
In this bad-food-pun extravaganza, two eggs named Benedict and Aggie (she's a "hard-boiled type") scheme to break out of a box of a dozen dyed Easter eggs. The Bonnie and Clyde of the refrigerator set, the two set about wreaking havoc among the fruits and vegetables. "They mashed the potatoes, stalked the celery, and tossed the salad." A chocolate chip cookie takes on the miscreants ("Isn't this eggs-citing, honey?" a nearby sugar bowl remarks to a bear-shaped squeeze bottle), traps Benedict and Aggie under a bowl, and puts them "safely behind bars"—candy bars, that is, who stand over the eggs with their hands on their hips (they'd be glaring, but they don't have any faces). Van Wright's lighthearted paintings kick this already entertaining entry up a notch. His vision of life in the rough-and-tumble world of egg crime features skillful drafting, believable textures, unexpected points of view, and dynamic use of space. Sequential panels and spreads keep the story moving. Several jokes require close inspection of the illustrations; the story is better suited for one-on-one read-aloud than classroom settings. Ages 5–10. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595722539
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Highly recommended for school and home libraries.

    You know you've got an eggxcellent box when twenty 1st grade students can't stop laughing. Mr. Rob's first grade classroom gave this book an overall rating of 5 fingers, which means we want a copy in our school library, classroom library, home library and would definitely recommend this book to others. These at time picky book critiques loved this book for its humor (word choice) and illustrations. The comic book format makes this book great for beginning readers and appeals to both girls and boys. Suggestions they had included add more pages, the story concept was engaging and entertaining that they didn't want it to end. Also they recommended including more text/characters talking and would have liked to see more play with words: like "eggsactly" or "eggxtremely great brother".

    Overall it's a great read and we can't wait to get our hands on an actual copy.

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