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Publishers Weekly
Splotch—a red, bug-eyed burst of a bird who fully resembles her name—is so overjoyed about the egg she laid (it's shiny blue with multicolored spots) that her branch shakes, and the egg falls. Via a dashed line, readers can follow the egg's trajectory as it rolls down Jemima giraffe's neck, bounces off a zebra's hoof, and has several other narrow escapes before returning to Splotch, at which point it begins to crack. A flap at the end reveals a blue chick, whose cockeyed stare and shock of scribbly plumage only a mother could love. Vibrant collages, somewhat suggestive of Eric Carle's work, pack plenty of kid appeal. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One day Splotch, a small bird, lays an egg on the branch of the tree where she lives. It is small, spotted, and "perfect in every way." Unfortunately, as the excited Splotch jumps up and down, the egg rolls off the branch onto the neck of Jemima Giraffe. A line of dashes takes our eyes to follow the egg first to the meadow. A zebra then kicks it to the pond, where Christopher Crocodile waits with open mouth. But Emma Elephant slurps it up first and sends it to Madison Monkey in a tree. Madison tosses it to friends, who pass it back to Splotch. When it is returned, it is just in time for a foldout surprise. Colorful cut paper shapes on white background create a few trees with leaves and flowers along with the characters. But Splotch is produced by a messy blob of red and yellow paint with cutouts of a triangle of yellow for a beak and a couple of large white eyes with black pupils. The egg is covered with different colored circles echoed on the end pages. An unmentioned butterfly surveys all the action. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Splotch is a small bird, not a bit pale but amorphous, nothing more than a colorful splotch of paint with eyes, beak, and legs, who lays an egg "small—yes, spotty—yes, and absolutely perfect in every way." The tone is gentle and playful, and the colors and technique are reminiscent of Eric Carle's work though rendered in a more stylized way. The egg itself has spot lamination, making it appear shiny and a bit raised, appealing to the tactile sensibility of young children. The roly-poly egg rocks back and forth before falling and making its perilous journey down from the treetop to be kicked by a zebra, rolled down a giraffe's back, and so on, until it finds its way tossed up to Splotch. That journey is indicated in a dashed line so young fingers can trace its path. The surprise ending is a visual, tactile delight: lift the top and bottom flap and there's little splotch. The art is a feast for little eyes and little fingers, and the lilting, descriptive language will lull little ears, too. Celebrate spring with a clutch: this book plus Margaret Wise Brown's classic The Golden Egg (Golden Bks, 2004), Emily Gravett's clever The Odd Egg (S & S, 2009), and Dianna Hutts Aston's lovely, informative An Egg Is Quiet (Chronicle, 2006).—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

Mother love leads to near tragedy in this tale of an egg. Rendered in smears of fiery red paint, Splotch the bird personifies her name. She learns the true testament of a mother's love after she lays a magnificent polka-dotted egg. "It was small—yes, spotty—yes, and absolutely perfect in every way!" In her utter joy, she bounces her branch—and the egg falls off into the lush jungle habitat.Met with ambivalence by some and threat from others, the little one is tossed until it's gently returned to her grateful mom. A respite might seem to be in order, but then a startling sound signifies tremendous change: "Crack! Crack! Crack!" Splotch's protruding eyes dominate each animated expression. Her scrawny patterned legs resemble her offspring's ultimate zany appearance, and the egg's decoration mirrors the wild chick inside. Individual colored dots from brilliant greens to dramatic fuchsias connect the endpapers to the unique babe. Clean gray dashes provide a physical indicator of the remarkable journey, and a whimsical butterfly remains a silent sidekick throughout. Paint streaks collide with textured papers, creating a bright array of rainbow hues. Spare, crisp sentences describe each action, leaving lots of room for expansion in the bold mixed-media spreads. Vibrant designs breathe life into this mama, highlighting one endearing fowl with a ferocious heart. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589258525
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 587,582
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Adorable!! Perfect for Easter and spring!

    I have been trying to get my hands on this book for weeks. I am a school librarian and mother of a 3 year old who loves books. It finally arrived today. The illustrations are adorable and Splotch, as well as baby, are easy to reproduce - great art/literature connection. Kids will love tracing the dotted lines that the egg travels. AND the surprise at the ending....
    Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

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