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From Publishers Weekly

Vibrant illustrations of life-size eggs and other household items generate excitement in this soft-boiled story. Eggbert, an egg who wears a red beret and carries a palette and brush, enjoys painterly success in the fridge until his egg compatriots discover a crack in his shell. Banished, Eggbert tentatively makes his way through the kitchen, the windowsill and the garden. There's a lag midway as Eggbert camouflages himself in various outdoor scenes, hoping to paint himself into the landscape. Momentum picks up when he accepts his imperfection and travels around the world to see "famous cracked sights"--a canyon, an island volcano, the Liberty Bell. Ross, creator of the It Zwibble series, doesn't trouble the reader with mundane considerations, namely, that an egg would go from cracked to rotten in short order. Instead, he sustains the fantasy and establishes a point--that a great artist might in fact need to be "slightly cracked." Barron, in his picture book debut, fills every page with warm, undiluted hues and realistic backgrounds. But the eggs are his least credible, most cartoonish creations, largely due to his decision to attach spindly, flesh-tone arms and legs to the solid white torsos. Mischievously touted as a "Grade A book," this rates a Grade B-plus. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-The other eggs in the refrigerator admire Eggbert's remarkable paintings-until they discover that he has a slight crack. Because of his defect, he is banished from his home. At first he uses his artistic talent to attempt to camouflage himself, but his disguises are quickly discovered. Then he realizes that the world contains many lovely cracks. Brush in hand, he travels the globe and produces wonderful paintings of fissures found in things such as volcanoes and the Liberty Bell. Back at the refrigerator, his former friends ponder his hand-painted postcards with amazement and a touch of sadness. The story might be read as a commentary on the lives of artists and/or the dangers and blessings of nonconformity; however, young readers will be more engaged by the illustrations than by philosophical reflections. Eggs and vegetables rarely assume such lifelike expressions and stances, and the simple text and clear design add up to read-aloud potential. Eggbert is an egg worth watching.
Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (January 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698114442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698114449
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great moral to the story.
Jennifer A. Egbert
This is an enjoyable book for kids of all ages to enjoy.
Dana H. Pasterjak
A good lesson in acceptance and friendship.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: School & Library Binding
This book is absolutely wonderful. It talks about the slightly cracked egg trying to find his niche and his identity. As he journeys place to place he discovers the uniqueness of being different. The illustrations are excellent, vividly depicting the story. A reader can easily see the sincerity of the author throughout the book. I was a tutor when I first discovered the book at the library. I immediately knew it was something special. Not only does it teach kids but it teaches adults.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dana H. Pasterjak on April 25, 2004
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This is an enjoyable book for kids of all ages to enjoy. The art work is hilarious! Celery stands with arms akimbo along with the other angry vegetables who throw Eggbert out of his home in the refrigerator, into the world. It is a message of hope and acceptance of yourself that spans the ages. I bought it because I fanned through the book and loved the art work, but the story that goes with Eggbert's tale of self-acceptance makes this book a classic for children. I want to see more of artist Rex Barron's work and hope he pairs up with the author, Tom Ross, again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough about Eggbert. When my daughter was two, we checked this out from the library and for four weeks we had a new friend, Eggbert. The peppers and tomatoes and milk and other eggs became a part of our home also. Then one day the book had to be returned. For months we drove past the library and each time my daughter would wail for Eggbert. Then one day she stopped. I did find Eggbert available again, brought it home and for the second time we fell in love with Eggbert. Now I am on Amazon to buy our own copy because we can't bear the separation anxiety once more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2003
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I read this book to kids who visited my school library each spring for years. I enjoyed it enough to order for my grandchildren. The message that "being a little different is just fine" is wonderful. The illustrations are well done and I think it works for Easter. A good picture book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
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The kids can't get enough of this book. The illustrations leap off the page, they are colorful and realistic. Story applies to all in teaching about differences and what people can do when on the other side of the fence. A true delight of a story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Italiano on February 7, 2012
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I was speaking with a friend about children's books and 'what's popular' these days with kindergartners. She recommended Eggbert, having fallen in love with the book and story with her 5 year old son. My nephew, also in kindergarten, loves to read, but I was hoping to find something he hasn't heard of yet. I made sure with my sister that my nephew doesn't yet have it nor has he read it. I'm hoping he likes it - haven't given it to him yet.

I did, however, read the entire book and was so impressed by the artwork and message of the story - in an age when bullying is a hot topic and unfortunate occurrence in schools, this book will hopefully instill compassion, tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of others. Poor Eggbert, slightly cracked, is kicked out of the fridge and in his travels, begins to notice that he's not "all he's cracked up to be." However, as Eggbert travels around and learns about the world around him, he realizes it's not so bad being cracked after-all. Goo Eggbert!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on March 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I agree with absolutely every single 5 star review on amazon. As a school counselor, sometimes I feel like we don't talk enough about differences and diversity to children. If someone is being picked on, I love bringing up Eggbert. It is a very memorable book. The author does a good job of not making the issue of differences not too complicated for young children to understand. Eggbert also makes me think of the word Rejected. Lots of kids feel rejected for so many reasons. I want kids to include and embrace everyone, that's why this book is on my shelf. So thankful I found it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Carroll on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read Eggbert to my 1st grade art class and they really enjoyed the book. They loved the pictures, especially how Eggbert tried to blend in with his surroundings. They kept on asking me to go back to those pages. My class was able to sympathize with Eggbert and how he felt about having to leave the refrigerator. By the end of the book, my students were happy to hear that Eggbert was doing ok and happy to be slightly cracked.
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