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The Odd Egg

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,318 ratings  ·  296 reviews
When Duck finds an egg of his own he's delighted; it's the most beautiful egg in the world! But all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed and everyone's in for a big surprise when the egg hatches! ...more
Hardcover, 25 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published 2008)
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Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Like many infertile women throughout history, hapless Duck suffers from social stigmatization and low self-esteem. Even though the obvious solution, adoption, is emotionally satisfying to her, she continues to suffer the mockery and criticism of her peers, who deride the physical dissimilarities between Duck and her unhatched egg. Although hurt by their treatment, Duck offers the egg unshaken love, doing her best to provide physical and emotional protection.

I would have preferred had the eggs b
Lisa Vegan
Dec 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults, older children, and young children who enjoy scary books
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
Parents: please screen this before reading it to young children!

Ack! I don’t know how to rate this book.

I loved, loved, loved it up until the very last page, starting with the cover. I was completely charmed. It’s sweet, very funny, the different sized pages make for much suspense. Up until the last page it was probably a five star book for me, and certainly a four star book at least.

The illustrations are absolutely adorable, as is most of the story.

The last page: I don’t know what to say. It’s
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emily Gravett Fans
Named one of the top ten "Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2009" by The New York Times, Emily Gravett's The Odd Egg is a picture-book I've been eager to peruse, all the more so after reading a goodreads friend's review, with its rather cryptic references to the final page of the story. I now know what is on that final page!

But although I was not unduly disturbed by the final narrative sequence, and found Gravett's illustrations adorable, I wasn't quite as charmed by this one, as I had expect
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I thought the idea for this book is really cute--I love how the pictures are so interactive and certain pages are smaller than the others so you see a progression and also a "surprise" with each turn of the page. There's a fun surprise at the end when we see what hatches--although I think sensitive readers might be a bit bothered because it is unclear whether the creature simply frightens the other birds away or perhaps eats them!!!

ETA: My copy was from the library and the illustration inside th
Cute, nice illustrations. It's got a humorous story-line.
I didn't like the format so much, though. At one point, when the eggs start to hatch, the pages start out maybe 1 1/2" wide, then spread page by page, until they're once again the width of the book. I can see this being a pain the butt to work with, especially if you're trying to read this with a toddler or smaller child who doesn't want to sit still.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s, one-star

Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun interactive book about being different and the odd one out. The surprise ending was very snappy!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I just used this in a preschool story hour, and they asked me to read it twice! It's a simple story about waiting for eggs to hatch, but Gravett adds suspense by the clever use of flaps that conceal what emerges from each egg. The kids loved it! There isn't any higher recommendation than that. ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Fun and engaging, with interactive covers, this would be a fantastic book to use with KS1. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the story itself is witty, allowing the children to participate with repeated patterns and rhymes.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Odd Egg reminded me of Pardon Me. I liked the illustrations and the ending was snappy.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books

What makes an egg odd? Read this book and find out. Written and illustrated by Emily Gravett. I have to say my favourite part of this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are clear yet soft and each page has a good balance, it isn’t over crowded which can take the focus away from the most important parts.
This is the story of a (male) duck waiting to lay an egg, (It is not made clear that the duck is a male in the book) and to his surprise he does not lay an egg. He stumbles upon a giant
Amy Goldberg
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Title: The Odd Egg
Author & Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2008
Genre: Fiction
Guided Reading Level: E
Lexile Measure: AD210L
DRA Level: 8
Grades: PreK-2


Duck is the only one out of all the birds who does not have an egg to hatch. He is delighted when he finds his own egg to look over. Only thing is, it’s a very odd looking egg covered in green spots, and the other birds think it will never hatch. When it finally does, everyone is in for a big surprise be
Martin Carberry
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The duck is feeling the odd one out as he has not laid an egg when all the other birds had. When Duck finds an egg of his own he's delighted and thinks it's the most beautiful egg in the world. But all the other birds disagree and think it's a very strange egg. The birds wait to see what happens when the egg hatches. The illustrations on the pages clearly show the characters and provide humour throughout the story.
The illustrations and interesting page layout aid the book to revolve around the
Shawn Thrasher
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this picture book. I usually divide picture books into four piles (which sometimes venn-diagram each other) - books I personally love because they appeal to something witty or personally moving for me; books I would purchase for a child (perhaps a nephew) for a gift; books I would read aloud to a class or use for a storytime, and books that I think should be put through a paper shredder. Odd Egg falls into three of those categories. If I were doing a regular storytime, I would try to rea ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, storybook, no-no-no
The story is ridiculous. Male ducks do not lay eggs (and would have no expectation to do so). Male ducks do not care for eggs, even those that they fertilized and were laid by their female mates, never mind those found on the ground. Male ducks do not care for the hatchlings, even those that they fertilized and which are being raised by their mates, never mind those that hatched from eggs found on the ground.

Is it so difficult to have an active female character that even when egg-laying and duc
Drew Graham
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Duck is dismayed to discover that all the other birds have an egg except him. Imagine his excitement when he finds one!

This is our second Emily Gravett find, and it has a little more variety and story than Orange Pear Apple Bear. It never bothers to explain why a male duck should be expecting to lay an egg in the first place, but the unique page layouts/plot reveals are fun and the payoff is pretty funny (don't miss the final illustration on the inside back cover).
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009
This is a funny story about a male duck who couldn't lay an egg (go figure) and finds a big, spotted one. Everyone teases him and says that it won't hatch, but he has faith that it will. It's a silly story, but the cutout pages are unique and make the story fun to read with children. ...more
A fun book about a whole bunch of new bird moms who are proud of their babies--but duck's egg is very odd (she found it). There's a big surprise ending when her egg finally hatches.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I love the format of this book and the illustrations are lovely and clever, but then the ending is just abrupt and not very satisfying for kids.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic & ridiculous; if you like my stuff, then you will like this.
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of this book surprised me !!!
They really liked the end of this one! It's a great surprise about what is in the egg. ...more
Katie Mote
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun book which I think children would enjoy and find funny with the surprise at the end. It allows children to see that it's okay to be different and a little 'odd'. We see how the duck didn't care what other people think and therefore I think this would be a good book to stimulate discussion with children about how they think about themselves and other people ...more
Hasini | bibliosini
I picked up The Odd Egg at this whimsical new bookstore that I literally stumbled upon, and I never regretted it.

It's a short picture book targeted at young children but equally enjoyable by an older audience. The illustrations are just amazing to look at and the book itself is quite creative.

Would absolutely recommend this 100% and I'm definitely keeping this for my own kids when the time comes!
Jill Sanders
This comical narrative point of view story is about a duck that did not lay an egg like his friends: bird, chicken, parrot, owl, and flamingo so duck took an egg he/she found. All of duck's friends had their eggs hatch until a while later a huge animal came out! I love the way the book has each egg hatch with the flip of the page. The illustrations show the love and excitement between the adult and baby after the egg is hatched.

This book reminded me from when I was young and trying to peek or tu
The Odd Egg is a book about all the birds having an egg to hatch except the duck. Duck went and found an egg that was very large with green spot. All the birds teased and laughed at duck. All the bird eggs were hatching except duck’s egg. Duck’s egg will finally hatched and an alligator was born and tried to eat all the other birds.

This story reminds me of bullying. Growing up I would get upset when I would see someone bullying another person or see a person sad because they are
Milagros Vazquez
This story is about a duck that is unable to have an egg. All of the duck friends, who are different type of birds, have an egg, except the duck. So the duck finds an extraordinary egg, which was bigger than him. He took care of the egg. In the end all the birds’ eggs hatched, and reconciled with their mother. The duck’s egg was the last one to hatch. When it hatched, a crocodile came out of it. All the birds got scare except the duck. The last page it shows the crocodile following the du
Ciara Alamillo
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: print, paperback, odd, egg, duck, prek-3
After seeing all the birds lay eggs around him, Duck got very upset that he could not lay eggs him self. So after finally finding an egg he was ecstatic, but when all the other birds made fun of his egg he became sad. All the eggs of the other birds started to hatch and duck was scared his would not until to his surprise a mystery animal popped out of his egg.

The illustrations in this book are well drawn out. In the middle of the story there are half pages to meet up with the big pages b
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Odd Egg
Tags: animials, PreK-3, print format

I thought this book was really cute. I liked how all the animals had their eggs and duck went to go get his one. When the eggs start to hatch, the book reminds me of the book The Hunger Caterpillar. The pages are divided into six different lengths and show each different egg hatching. Duck’s is the last egg to hatch and she waits a long time for it to hatch. Once Duck’s egg hatches a big crocodile comes out and snaps at the other mothers and
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a duck who witnesses all of his animal friends with eggs except him. The duck is very sad and left out because he can see the love that each of the animals have for their egg. The duck is surprised when he finds an egg of his own but it looks very different. The other animals make fun of how different the egg looks but the duck doesn't care. He loves and takes care of the egg like its his own. At the end, the egg hatches and it's a baby alligator. The alligator loves the du ...more
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more

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