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The Cow That Laid an Egg

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,229 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Marjorie is an insecure cow who wishes she had some special talent. She can't ride a bicycle or do handstands like the other cows. Then one morning (thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens and a paintbrush), Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary: she's laid an egg! ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by HarperCollins
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The Library Lady
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I love this. Cows are naturally funny, but when you get a barnful of cows who do handstands and ride bikes, a flock of conspiring chickens, a gossip rag called "Moos of the World" and a "Horton Hatches the Egg" inspired ending, you get a real rib tickler. The illustrations are bold, wild and creative, and work perfectly with the story--I hope we see more from this author and artist as a creative team. A real winner! ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
It is a perfect funny picture book. The illustrations are incredibly full of motion AND emotion. The layout, the design, the pacing, the skilled LINES -- all work together beautifully. The text is trimmed to exactly the correct leanness and delivers with many effective punches -- and the last PUNCH was fabulous! This is superb!
Jennifer B.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very cute and enjoyable.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marjorie isn't like the other cows she can't do handstands or ride a bike (yes the other cows can do these things!!) she doesn't feel special at all...

This is a great picture book; the pictures are funny, the story is original and the ending is well thought out! It's short and very sweet.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So cute and funny. The kids also really enjoyed the story.
Hannah Barnes
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This sweet little book is about a cow who was feeling a little less than special one day. She explained her distress to her chicken friends, who came up with an idea that would make the cow feel extraordinary.

Evaluation: This book teaches how friends can help each other out in attempt to make them happy with the addition of a little barn yard humor. It also displays exceptional illustrations of what takes on the farm, and allows the reader to picture the chaos when Marjorie laid her eg
Sydney Jackson
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andy Cutbill, illustrated by Russell Ayto
HarperColins 2006

Marjorie is just a cow who does not feel special because she cannot do handstands or ride a bicycle like the other cows. She tells this to her friends the chickens, and then the next day, Marjorie woke up and saw that she had laid an egg! She felt so special after that, and all the other cows got angry, because they didn't believe that she had actually laid the egg. However, when the egg hatches, it is most certainly a cow (well sort of).
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Marjorie is just an ordinary cow. Her fellow cows on the farm ride bicycles and do handstands. Really, the drawings show them doing these things. The chickens spend all night whispering to one another and come up with a plan. The next day Marjorie discovers that she has laid an egg. The farmer and his wife are so proud, the newspaper photographers come. The chickens are so proud. But the other cows now do not feel so special any more and become VERY jealous. What will happen to the egg and Marj ...more
Carina Spring
Great as read aloud for all grades.

Marjorie is a cow who thinks of herself as ordinary because she is not as talented as the rest of the cows. The chickens hear her say this and they come up with a plan. They place an egg that looks like it has cow spots under Marjorie as she is sleeping. None of the other cows believe she actually laid an egg but when the chicken comes out it says "moo."

A fun book to have students read if they are having a hard time fitting in or do not have any specific talen
Simon Wheeler
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 5-6 y.o.
Really fun book. The title is self-explanatory.
On the surface, silly nonsense, which the kids were absolutely tickled with. And that's what makes a great kids' book - if it can teach them about unconditional love and being nice to those that are a bit different, without the kids noticing, cos they're having fun.
Oh, and if my kids WANT to read it themselves - a book that encourages reading is a winner!
Alicia Evans
We read this at the library as part of our semi-annual puppet show. I really liked how the cow wanted to feel connected to something/important, so the egg helps ground her. I also liked the message that family isn't necessarily what we look like but what we make it. Very sweet and humorous.

For: farm animal lovers; readers wanting a book about adoption and/or feeling extraordinary.

Possible red flags: scheming; bullying from the other animals.
Lexi Skyles
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book I especially liked the illustrations. They exaggerated the situation a little bit. Also there were parts in the book where the format of the words were involved in the picture. I think this book makes kids use their imagination as well. Overall it was a veery enjoyable book.
Eleanor W
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am not sure who the ratings are so high on this is very "Horton hatches an egg" meets "Charlotte's web"

Angie Carter
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! So fun it makes you smile and if you are reading with a child laugh out loud.
Syntha Green
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as foster friendly as a I thought based on the title and review, but still sweet.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
So adorable and perfect for storytime. I love the surprise ending (the chick that hatches out of the egg can moo, haha). The illustration style is adorable.
Andrea Bueno
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Nov. 6, 2020
Genre: Fiction
Grades: K-2
Very funny book. I like the way this book was written. Illustrations were great as well. I will be reading this book again to my students.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't love the art, but then I found the ending surprisingly touching. ...more
Cassandra Gelvin
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I found it. It must have come out of my insides.

Kind of a weird book. It's kind of a mixed message. There's a cow that feels like she's not special because all the other cows can ride bicycles and do handstands instead of her. The chickens, without any clear motivation other than her happiness, take an egg and paint spots on it in order to cause her to think that she laid an egg. The farmer and his wife get the news and she becomes well known for laying an egg. Then the other cows feel bad becau
Kathryn Dykes
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plot Summary/ Personal Response: On a farm with acrobatic cows that ride bicycles, Marjorie feels out of place and alone because she has no such skill. The sad cow expresses her desire to be extraordinary to the only companions that will listen to her woes, the chickens. From the kindness in their hearts the chickens cluck up a plan to ensure that Marjorie will stand out above the heard. As the sun rises the next morning Marjorie awakes to discover a spotted egg beside her and is elated to think ...more
Addie Lauver
The Cow that Laid an Egg
Plot/Personal Response:
Marjorie is just an ordinary cow. There is nothing special about her. In fact, she becomes upset because she cannot do things like all the other cows can do. Her chicken friends felt upset because she felt so ordinary that they came up with a plan to make her feel special. The next day she said she had laid an egg!! People came from near and far just to see if the news was true. Day after day Marjorie sat patiently on the egg waiting for it to hatch
Olivia Evans
Plot Summary: In this humorous and imaginative story, Marjorie is a cow who loses sight of how special she is and feels very under appreciated. Compared to the other cows, who can do handstands and ride bicycles, Marge doesn’t seem to feel she has any special talents or worth. The chickens on the farm feel bad for Marge and decide to ‘cluck’ up a plan to help her feel better. Before you know, Marge is exclaiming that she laid an EGG! (even though we all know cows do not lay eggs) People come fro ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Copyright: 2006 by Andy Cutbill
Number of pages: unnumbered
Book format: hard cover
Reading level: PreK-K, GR level: L
Genre: Fiction
Lit Requirement: Picture Storybook

Marjorie is a cow who felt not unique compared to all of the other cows on the farm. The other cows can ride bikes, do hand stands, and Marjorie could do nothing. One day Marjorie screamed out in shock that she has laid an egg! The other cows did not believe her but the news people went crazy over it! The other cows decided to
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Far away, in the mysterious and foreign land known as the farm, there was a cow that was depressed. This cow’s name was Marjorie and she was depressed because she could not do any of the cool awesome things that most other cows can do, like riding bicycles or doing handstands – you know, totally normal cow stuff. So the chickens, being the total bros that chickens naturally are, hatch an eggcellent plan: trick everyone into thinking that Marjorie had laid an egg. And so, the chickens’ plan works ...more
Kylee Myers
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fiction book is a story about a cow who feels very insecure about herself. She can’t do a hand stand or ride a bicycle like the other cows. She feels very ordinary. All of a sudden, she laid an egg. All of the cows were astonished and so was the farmer. She became famous across the town! Marjorie felt special now! All of the other cows found out that chickens laid eggs, and soon the cows told her that she didn't lay the egg. They think the chickens did it to make her feel better, but the ch ...more
Mackenzie Mericle
This week I chose children's books that were about acceptance. This book that I picked out stood out to me specifically. I thought this story was really fun. It had awesome and colorful illustrations that I really enjoyed throughout the entire book. In this story, there is a cow named Marge who doesn't feel accepted by the other cows around her because she can't do certain things like ride a bike or do a handstand so she feels extra ordinary. Later in the story, Marge lays an egg and all the cow ...more
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adoptive parents, adopted children
Recommended to Rakisha by: Megan
This is a clever yet subtle book about friendship and adoption. Marjorie the cow has no special skill or talent that makes her stand out, so her friends the chickens lay a cow-spotted egg for her and slip underneath her while she sleeps. Marjorie and the farm becomes world famous as the first cow to lay an egg. (This part is almost reminiscent of Wilbur in Charolette's Web.) Her envious cow-mates don't like having the spotlight taken away, so they go out to prove that Marjorie didn't lay the egg ...more
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Marjorie the cow is a bit down in the dumps. She can't do handstands or ride a bicycle like the other cows. In fact, there's nothing special about her at all. The chickens feel sorry for Marge and decide to do something about it. The next day, Marjorie discovers that she has apparently laid an egg! She's suddenly the center of attention and everyone is talking about Marjorie and her egg. But the other cows are suspicious and claim that Marjorie and the chickens have gotten together for a stunt. ...more
I love the story. I think it's funny and fabulous. The preschool and k-5 groups would love it. The ilustrations are not my favorite, but I think the kids will love those, too. This will make a great storytime read, especially if I can get a couple of the sounds/voices just right.

4/13/10 & 4/15/10 The kids loved this story. I think they enjoyed the pictures, too. A fun story to read and I still love the ending. I don't think I quite got the voices--but I was being conservative because I was being
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