Three Rotten Eggs (Hamlet Chronicles Series #5)

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Trouble is brewing in Hamlet, Vermont, when a new kid named Thud Tweed enrolls in Miss Earth’s class. He’s an oversize lug with a bad attitude that soon starts affecting his classmates—especially after he tinkers with the outcome of the spring egg hunt and pits the rival Copycats and Tattletales against their own members. When three genetically manipulated eggs appear on the scene and begin to hatch, the children begin spinning lies to keep them a secret. Soon they are caught in their own web, and they realize ...

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Overview

Trouble is brewing in Hamlet, Vermont, when a new kid named Thud Tweed enrolls in Miss Earth’s class. He’s an oversize lug with a bad attitude that soon starts affecting his classmates—especially after he tinkers with the outcome of the spring egg hunt and pits the rival Copycats and Tattletales against their own members. When three genetically manipulated eggs appear on the scene and begin to hatch, the children begin spinning lies to keep them a secret. Soon they are caught in their own web, and they realize that they must all join together—even Thud—if they want to find a way to right their wrongs.
With themes ranging from the ethics of gene splicing and nature-versus-nurture to bullying and parenting, this fifth installment of the Hamlet Chronicles explores dark territory. At the same time, it introduces outrageous new characters and sparkles with Gregory Maguire’s patented tongue-in-cheek humor and hilarious one-liners.

The students of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont experience an eventful spring when they become involved with a bullying new student, a competitive egg hunt, and genetically altered chicks.

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There is nothing subtle here; silly puns and slapstick humor carry this broad farce. Maguire captures the social politics of middle schoolers, and conveys the message that cooperation rather than cliques, solves problems. School Library Journal

The tone throughout is characteristically deadpan, the humor thoroughly sophisticated...maintains a quirky freshness that fans and new readers alike will welcome.
Kirkus Reviews

Both newcomers to the series and long-time fans will enjoy this book and look forward to upcoming installments.
Booklist, ALA

With a digressive plot, ridiculous character names, cornball gags and insult-peppered dialogue, Three Rotten Eggs feels like the transcription of a week's worth of improvisational bedtime tales told by a slightly crazy uncle.
The New York Times Book Review

Children's Literature
The fifth book in Maguire's "Hamlet" series features three genetically altered chickens, a new bully in town, an ongoing rivalry between the boys and the girls in Miss Earth's class, and a lot of laughs. It all starts when Professor Wolfgang Einfinger gets pulled over for speeding, claiming his briefcase has been stolen by a motorcyclist and the security of the nation is dependent on catching the thief. These eggs, part of a plot by the corporation Geneworks to reverse evolution, are thought destroyed when a bolt of lightning strikes the motorcycle. Three self-declared class outsiders find the eggs during a school charity egg hunt and decide to hatch them. Bully Thud Tweed, wannabe leader Lois Kennedy the Third, and immigrant Salim Bannerjee get more than they bargained for when the eggs hatch and the chickens start breathing fire. Miss Earth's class conspires to hide the truth when Professor Einfinger comes back to town to recover the chicks. Three Rotten Eggs reads like a combination of Shakespeare and Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The residents of Hamlet, Vermont, are ridiculous yet loveable, and adults will enjoy the puns Maguire uses in his characters' names. Through humor, Maguire brings about important lessons like nature versus nurture, honesty among friends, and getting what one deserves. 2002, Clarion Books,
— Carlie Kraft
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This fifth in the series continues to recount the rivalry between the girls, the Tattletales, and the boys, the Copycats, of Miss Earth's class in rural Vermont. It's an eventful spring for them, with a bullying new student, Thud Tweed; a Spring Egg Hunt; and three genetically altered eggs that hatch fire-breathing chicks. A company called Geneworks is attempting to reverse evolution to create a large, unquestioning workforce that can be rented out at great gain. While seven of the genetically altered eggs, tucked in a briefcase, are en route to researchers at Dartmouth College, a member of Mother Nature's Avengers steals the briefcase just before his motorcycle is struck by lightning. Unbeknownst to anyone, three of the eggs survive, and they are discovered by three of Miss Earth's students during the egg hunt, a competitive fund-raiser for a new fire engine. Miss Earth's class wins, but then is disqualified for lying and cheating. To redeem themselves, the students join together to raise money by putting on a concert by wildly popular country-and-western singer Petunia Whiner, who just happens to be Thud's mother. There is nothing subtle here; silly puns and slapstick humor carry this broad farce. Maguire captures the social politics of middle schoolers, and conveys the message that cooperation, rather than cliques, solves problems. Of the three chicks, one dies, but two remain, one in captivity and one on the loose in the wild. Will they turn up in the next Hamlet Chronicle? Fans of the series will be anxiously anticipating the next delightful romp.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Genetically engineered chicken eggs provide the narrative motor for this, the fifth, entry in the "Hamlet Chronicles," as Miss Earth's fifth-grade class lurches into spring. The eggs in question, stolen by an activist group from a lab outside of Boston, arrive in town on the same day as Thaddeus "Thud" Tweed, a student who challenges even the saintly Miss Earth's sense of equilibrium. "I've tried every kind of schooling for Thaddeus except prison," his mother tells Miss Earth, "and I'd try that if he were old enough to qualify." Thud rapidly upsets the delicate balance of power between the Copycats and the Tattletales, founding the Three Rotten Eggs with Salim Bannerjee and Lois Kennedy III, disaffected former members of the established clubs, when they discover three mysterious eggs during Hamlet's annual Spring Egg Hunt. Tongue stuffed firmly in cheek, Maguire (Four Stupid Cupids, 2000, etc.) deftly weaves together the strands of his story, from the hapless Professor Einfinger's odyssey through small-town Vermont to recover the eggs, to the hatching of the extraordinary chicks (christened "Flameburpers A, B, and C"), to a benefit concert given by the legendary Petunia Whiner ("Baby Needs Burping"), and on to the slow emergence of Thud's better self as well as Salim's and Lois's explorations of the nature of friendship. The tone throughout is characteristically deadpan, the humor thoroughly sophisticated; after five installments one might think the formula would wear thin, but, the title notwithstanding, this offering maintains a quirky freshness that fans and new readers alike will welcome. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618096558
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Hamlet Chronicles Series , #5
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

First Chapter

Three Rotten Eggs

Chapter One

Highway Robbery

"Those clouds look positively packed with lightning," said Miss Earth to her students. "Inside, class. On the double."

The children were tying plastic Easter eggs onto a forsythia bush by their classroom window. But the sudden clouds did have a close, gonna-getcha feel to them. With unusual briskness, Miss Earth's students obeyed their leader and tumbled into the classroom.

Miss Earth went immediately to the radio to see if there was an emergency storm watch. The radio screeched with static. Then it settled and picked up a country-western song. The new hit by Petunia Whiner, Miss Earth's favorite singer. The teacher waited for the song to end, hoping for a weather update.

"Ya got a little baby and ya gotta treat it right.
Ya gotta rock the cradle so your baby sleeps tight.
Baby needs a diaper change, Baby has a poo.
If Baby wakes and burps a lot, whatcha gonna do?
  Just cuddle cuddle cuddle till the cows come home."

In a corner of the room, under cover of the sound of music, two girls resumed the argument they'd been having at the egg bush.

"I never get to be in charge!" said one. "Thekla Mustard, spring has arrived. It's time for a change. Why don't you take a vacation from being Queen Bee all the time? That'd be a big change."

"Lois," said the other, "face it. You're not me. You're nice enough in your own drab way, but you're not me. And I am the one who annually gets elected Empress. So if we girls are going to form a classroom girls' team at the annual Spring Egg Hunt, I get to govern it as I govern everything. With surprising mastery."

"You're such a power hog. I'd hate to see what you're going to be like when you grow up. Some crazy dictator."

"We'll see," said Thekla. "It's always an option."

"Girls," said their teacher. "Shh! Here comes the weather."

Thekla simpered. Lois frowned. There had to be some way to unseat the bossy Empress. Sooner or later Lois would find out how.


Vermont State Trooper Hiram Crawdad wheeled his cruiser around the cloverleaf linking Interstate highways 89 and 91. He was listening to the latest Petunia Whiner hit on Vermont Country Radio. Her whiskey-raw voice seemed like a soundtrack to a made-for-TV movie. Starring himself, of course. Tapping the time on his steering wheel, he listened and sang along.

"Ya got a little baby and ya gotta treat it right.
Ya gotta kiss your baby and teach it not to bite.
Baby starts to cry a little, Baby cries a lot.
Ya gonna throw the baby in the garbage? Not.
Just cuddle cuddle cuddle till the cows come home."

Trooper Crawdad was just emerging from the curve when he saw a snazzy orange coupe roaring along from the direction of New Hampshire. Doing eighty-five miles an hour, easy. "How-de-do, what's your hurry?" said the trooper. "You've just netted yourself a hefty fine, stranger. Welcome to Vermont." He accelerated as he left the interchange. The deejay cut in. "That was Petunia Whiner in her hit single 'Baby Needs Burping.' Now a weather update from WAAK, the Voice of Vermont. Severe thunderstorm alert for the Upper Valley. Could change to snow—who knows. Spring is fickle around here."

Three Rotten Eggs. Copyright © by Gregory Maguire. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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