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eggThis book is both exactly what you’d expect from the cover — and totally different. A heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty and persistence, with a surprising and subversive twist. A book of few words, but tons of fun to read aloud. A color palette that remains constant even as the story takes an unexpected turn. A picture book for the very, very young, but one that employs panels and other conventions of comics and graphic novels.

Author-illustrator Kevin Henkes is no stranger to Caldecott recognition: the 2005 Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen (in 1994) and just last year for Waiting. I can’t imagine that this newest book, which was published by Greenwillow in January, isn’t already on Caldecott committee members’ radars.

Here, for now, is the Horn Book Magazine review of Egg; look for more about this latest Henkes masterpiece come fall.


Martha V. Parravano About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.



  1. Eric Carpenter says:

    Love this book and think it has a great chance for Giesel as well!

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