Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt

Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt

by John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey

The day of the annual town Easter Egg Hunt has arrived, and Marley and his family are ready to find the biggest, most eggstravagant egg! Marley is great at spotting the eggs in trees and behind plants, but he just can't seem to get the eggs to Cassie or Baby Louie before someone else snatches them up. So, in true Marley fashion, Marley decides to forge his

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The day of the annual town Easter Egg Hunt has arrived, and Marley and his family are ready to find the biggest, most eggstravagant egg! Marley is great at spotting the eggs in trees and behind plants, but he just can't seem to get the eggs to Cassie or Baby Louie before someone else snatches them up. So, in true Marley fashion, Marley decides to forge his own path . . . right through the doors of the town shops. Stopping into the grocery, the bakery, and the party store, Marley creates calamity wherever his paws touch. But will his wild egg chase end up with Marley finding the big, glorious egg before the hunt is over?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Marley’s sixth picture book, the dog is (very) eager to participate in the town’s Easter egg hunt: “He wasn’t sure what an Easter egg hunt was, but he knew he wanted to be in the middle of it!” With his beleaguered family racing behind him, Marley tears through park and town, trying to find the one “very special egg” that’s been hidden along with the rest. In true Marley fashion, he makes a mess as he goes, getting covered in egg yolks, purple icing, and streamers—winding up looking like a “very special egg” himself. Fans of Marley’s exuberant canine antics will enjoy this messy holiday outing. Ages 4�8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
It is the big Easter egg hunt on Main Street. Everyone is anxiously waiting for the fun to start. "But there's one family running at full speed, led by a galloping dog." A mischievous lab who is not slowing down. Yes, it is Marley taking his over-enthusiastic manners to the center of the town square. He surely does not understand what happens at an egg hunt, but he definitely wants to be part of it. The mayor welcomes the crowd, talks about the "eggstraordinary" egg in this year's hunt, and signals the crowd to get set and go. Marley, off in a flash, tears through the grocery store, bakery and party supply store, knocking down crates of eggs, sprinkles, sugar, streamers, and more. He is unstoppable. Finally the mayor announces the hunt is over, but no one has found the special egg. Not even Marley who, by now, looks like a big decorated Easter egg himself. The crowd laughs, the mayor calls Marley an Easter egg dog and names him the town's most "eggceptional" dog. As to be expected, Marley jumps all over the mayor in thanks, accidently knocking off his top hat. And, in an unlikely, strange and unconvincing move, the special egg falls out of the hat and, of course, Marley is named the winner. This is not a heart-tugging story and Marley is a hero of sorts this time. Illustrations are superb in this paper-over-board edition. While it may not do much to attract new fans, current fans of the series should enjoy the pictures and shenanigans. It should be noted that interior illustrations were done by Lydia Halverson while illustrator Cowdrey did the cover art. Also to be noted is that text is written by Natalie Engel. This title is a first edition and part of the "Marley" series. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The irrepressible and badly behaved golden Labrador is back for a spring adventure. His family is participating in the town's annual Easter Egg Hunt, but manic Marley isn't having much luck. He is always beaten to the eggs by children. He extends his search beyond the park and into the market, breaking and getting covered by a dozen raw eggs. The canine next visits the baker and ruins the cake he is frosting. A trip to a party store results in Marley being covered in ribbons. His hapless family and the irritated merchants chase him back to the park where the mayor is asking whether anyone found the special "eggstraordinary" egg. For some reason the mayor hid it under his hat, and in a twist that does not make much sense, Marley finds it, making him the winner of the festivities. The illustrations are unremarkable, and the wordy story isn't all that amusing. Strictly a marginal purchase.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Yet another story about Marley the misbehaving Labrador retriever; here he runs rampant through the town Easter egg hunt. Marley's been running away from his family and into mischief in a rapidly growing collection of Marley children's books, spinoffs of Grogan's best-selling book for adults. Though Grogan's name appears on the cover and title page, the text for this story is actually written by Natalie Engel on his behalf. The frenetic plot follows Marley and his family as they participate in the Easter egg hunt, trying to find one extra-large egg hidden by the town's mayor. Marley crashes and bashes his way around town, breaking raw eggs and covering himself in confetti and ribbons as he tries to capture the special egg prize and his family tries to capture him. In an odd conclusion, the mayor virtually hands Marley the winning egg, which was illogically and improbably concealed in the mayor's top hat. The illustrations convey lots of activity, with cheery Marley in constant motion, though the slapstick humor tries too hard to be funny, and human characters are largely devoid of personality. Even a well-loved, popular main character can't save a story with frantic action, lame jokes and a plodding plot. (Picture book. 3-6)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Marley Series
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Grogan is the author of the #1 international bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other, and three #1 best-selling picture books: Bad Dog, Marley!, A Very Marley Christmas, and Marley Goes to School. John lives with his wife and their three children in the Pennsylvania countryside.

John Grogan ha sido un premiado reportero gráfico y columnista por más de veinticinco años. Vive en Pensilvania con su esposa Jenny y sus tres hijos.

Richard Cowdrey has illustrated numerous books for children, including Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan, Animal Lullabies by Pam Conrad, and Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. He is the owner of a yellow Labrador, Murray, whose behavior is remarkably similar to Marley's. He lives in Ohio with his wife and children.

Brief Biography

Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 20, 1957
Place of Birth:
Detroit, Michigan
B.A. in Journalism and English, Central Michigan University, 1979; M.A. in Journalism, The Ohio State University, 1986

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