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Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books, September 2009:
"Kids in general will roar with laughter at this expectation-busting tale."

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A quirky story, beautifully illustrated, about the egg that wanted to fly.

The egg has always dreamed of being able to fly, but it doesn't really know much about making the dream a reality. The only method that seems guaranteed to work is to get to a very high place and then… jump. Of course, to you or I, that may not sound like a good thing for an egg to do, but then the egg is young and doesn't know very much. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375842608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375842603
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales. She studied for an MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton under the tutelage of John Vernon Lord. Mini also worked as a primary school teacher in Oxford, where she now lives.

Her books include Egg Drop, The Pea and the Princess (shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), Biscuit Bear (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award), Traction Man is Here (winner of the Boston Horn Book Award and shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), and Traction Man meets Turbodog. Mini Grey is one of the Big Picture's ten Best New Illustrators.

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Format: Hardcover
EGG DROP by Mini Grey is a very cute book! My son and I both thoroughly enjoyed reading about a little egg who really wanted to fly. Of course, we both knew that the egg was asking for trouble from the start, but that only made the book all the more fun to read.

EGG DROP is an ideal book for preschoolers. The pictures are just adorable and there are only a few words on each page so even the most active youngster will be able to sit through the entire story. I thought the pictures definitely enhanced the story, and I actually think we spent more time looking at the pictures than reading the words. I also like that this story was really funny. The humor in this book will appeal not only to young children but also to the adults who have to read it!

Besides the story, I also thought the lessons in this book were cute. It's no surprise that the egg wasn't able to fly; and we also know from Humpty Dumpty that you can't fix a broken egg. But the ultimate lesson in EGG DROP was really about patience -- if only the little egg would have waited...
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Format: Hardcover
Mini Grey's EGG DROP tells of an egg that wanted to fly. Unfortunately the egg is young and has no idea of possibilities or how to go about flying! A surprising, hilarious ending makes for a zany story.
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This is one of those rare children's books that doesn't make you want to hide it. I hate to bash a classic but Green Eggs and Ham drives me nuts (to name just one example). This book, on the other hand, is entertaining for children as well as adults. Heck, any children's book that mentions Bernoulli's Principle has got to be worth something! The story and the illustrations are very cute and it's never to early to introduce the "principles of aerodynamics" (which the egg didn't understand). Also it's not too wordy. But really the true test is if the kid asks you to read it. In that most important regard this book is a winner.
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By M. Heiss on February 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With Mini Grey, I always expect quirky. But just like with "Wolves" by Emily Gravett, this book has a stunning twist at the end, which makes it surprising and enjoyable.

PARENT NOTE: I have older kids, and they get a big kick out of this book. Pre-read for younger kids, since the sudden dose of reality may be off-putting.
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They tried to warn him. But you have to admire the pluck of an egg who is willing to scale 583 steps of a very tall tower, then "opened it's eyes and saw friends in the air, felt sky blasting past." Was it worth it? Well, he coulda been a rooster. Humpty Dumpty, with a philosophical ending.
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I checked this out at the library and my kids loved it. It quickly became my two year old's favorite book so I got it for her for Christmas. Both of my daughters enjoy this book and it is fun for the reader as well. It teaches a lesson about patience in a comical way.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is like a Rob Zombie movie for 4-year-olds. I started wishing I'd pre-read it, and then burned it (or taken it back to the library) at about pg. 11. Look at this:
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This was a surprise hit in our household. Our daughter can recite it like a monologue now, and the ending, which I won't spoil, definitely gets laughs. I thought it was a clever plot and well illustrated. I'm glad I bought it.
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