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Monday, March 21
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching
Written by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan
My rating: ★★★
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date of publication: February 9, 2016
Age: 2 - 6 years
Themes: chicks, eggs, fear, persuasion, sibling relationship
Egg is not hatching. No way. No how. It is too scary out there. Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek. But Egg doesn't want to deal with bugs, getting wet, and the dark. Will Peep be able to convince Egg to crack?
I thought this would be fun to read what with it being spring and Easter just around the corner. And certainly, this book fits the bill and would be a fine addition to a storytime or themed readaloud. But really, it was just okay. I felt that the excuses to not hatch became too many, and too whiny. It became a little tedious and overly predictable. Very repetitious. Which, yes, that can be good for young readers, but it might get a little long if reading aloud to a storytime audience. The illustrations are bright, bold, and simple. And they definitely add to the text. I enjoyed them in all their Hello-Kitty-esque glory.
Overall, it's just okay. It's nice to have this time of year, but I won't miss it. See what you think for yourself.
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