BN.com Gift Guide

Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

Overview

Tomie dePaola's classic (and hilarious) story of a young cave boy and his mysterious egg.

Mama Grunt sends Little Grunt out to find a dozen eggs. All he can find is one huge egg. The egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names him George. Soon George grows too big for the Grunt family cave, and poor Little Grunt has to send him away. But when the local volcano erupts, there's only one dinosaur who can save the day!

...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $3.68   
  • Used (4) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Tomie dePaola's classic (and hilarious) story of a young cave boy and his mysterious egg.

Mama Grunt sends Little Grunt out to find a dozen eggs. All he can find is one huge egg. The egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names him George. Soon George grows too big for the Grunt family cave, and poor Little Grunt has to send him away. But when the local volcano erupts, there's only one dinosaur who can save the day!

When a dinosaur hatches from the egg that Little Grunt brought home for dinner, Mama and Papa Grunt let him keep it as a pet until it grows too big for their cave.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The whole Grunt tribe is looking forward to a giant omelet when Little Grunt's egg hunt unearths a huge specimen. Their smiles of anticipation turn to frowns when the potential brunch source blossoms into a freshly hatched dinosaur. George is a lovable little fellow, then a lovable big fellow, then the disgruntled Grunts kick him out. He's not housebroken, and his immense size and strength create other annoyances, such as blowing away the relatives with a single sneeze. Little Grunt is broken-hearted until George proves his worth by rescuing the family from certain doom, and receives suitable approbation--and a final surprise. DePaola's books possess his inimitable stamp, and this prehistoric romp is no exception: the round-faced Grunt clan is unmistakably his, as are the many comical touches such as Chief Rockhead's green banana headdress and the ladies' costume jewelry. This lively twist on the familiar tale of a boy and his pet is sure to provoke giggles. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Readers will delight in this funny story about a small boy, Little Grunt, and his pet dinosaur. Set in prehistoric times, Little Grunt and his family live in a cave at the base of a volcanic mountain. When Little Grunt goes hunting and finds an unusually large egg, he carefully pulls it home to feed his family. However, in the middle of the night the egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names his dinosaur George and as George grows, the problems begin. When George becomes too big for the cave, Mama and Papa Grunt say George must go! In classic fairy tale style, it takes a natural disaster to reunite George with the Grunt family so that they can live happily ever after. Tomie dePaola's wonderful lively storytelling style generates humor, tenderness, and drama as this charming story unfolds. The detailed colorful illustrations will delight and entertain readers of all ages, and this classic prehistoric fairy tale will quickly become a family and classroom favorite.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Little Grunt, the youngest of the prehistoric Grunt tribe, is sent out one morning to gather two dozen eggs for Sunday brunch. Although he searches and searches, he has no luck until, at last, he happens onto the biggest egg he's ever seen. That night, the egg hatches and out comes--(you guessed it)--a dinosaur. Naming it George, Little Grunt keeps it as a pet until its size and habits (it's not housebroken) cause the annoyed tribe to banish it from their cave. Luckily for the Grunts, George holds no grudge, and when disaster strikes (in the form of a volcano), he rescues the whole family and carries them all away to safety and a new home--next door to her nest full of eggs. George becomes Georgina and all live happily ever after. On the surface, this looks like a typical dePaola picture book--colorful and cheery in nature. But both story and illustrations are lackluster, with no surprises or unexpected twists, and none of the sly, gentle humor that have made his ``Bill and Pete'' stories (Putnam) so much fun. Granny Grunt's suggestion that a cockroach might make a better pet than a dinosaur is about as funny as it gets. What could have been a winning combination, dePaola and dinosaurs, is bland and boring--a disappointing performance. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142411438
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 282,657
  • Age range: 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
  • Read More Show Less

    Customer Reviews

    Be the first to write a review
    ( 0 )
    Rating Distribution

    5 Star

    (0)

    4 Star

    (0)

    3 Star

    (0)

    2 Star

    (0)

    1 Star

    (0)

    Your Rating:

    Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

    Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

    Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

    Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

    We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

    What to exclude from your review:

    Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

    Reviews should not contain any of the following:

    • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
    • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
    • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
    • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
    • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
    • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
    • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

    Reminder:

    • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
    • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
    • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
    Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

    Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

    Create a Pen Name

    Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

     
    Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

    Continue Anonymously

      If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
      Why is this product inappropriate?
      Comments (optional)