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A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you, from the creator of 'Albie', Andy Cutbill, and the award-winning illustrator, Russell Ayto. Marjorie the cow doesn't feel very special. She can't ride bicycles or do cartwheels like the other cows. But one morning, Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary! She's laid an egg! But does the baby inside the egg really belong to Marjorie? Emotions run high in the farmyard as everyone waits to find out! Key title / Andy Cutbill is the creator of 'Albie', the major CITV animated television series / 'Albie' the television series was shortlisted for a BAFTA award for The Best Children's Animated Series and won several international awards including Best Young Writer at the B+ Awards in association with BBC enterprises. / Russell Ayto's picture book 'The Witch's Children' was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002, and 'The Witch's Children and the Queen' was Smarties Gold Medal winner in the 5 and under category in 2003. / Competition: The Barnyard Chicken Run

About the Author

Andy Cutbill was born near London in 1972. He read Art at university and then did post-graduate studies in Art Direction. After several years writing television commercials, he started originating new concepts in children's animation and books. In conjuction with Cosgrove Hall Films, Andy created and developed the award-winning animated television series, Albie, for CITV. Andy lives in London with his wife, son and daughter. Russell Ayto had a varied career before turning his attention to children's book illustration. He worked as both a postman and a scientific officer. He has illustrated numerous books for children including Whiff by Ian Whybrow. He now lives and works in Cornwall with his wife and two young children.


K-Gr 2-Marjorie has no special talents like the rest of the herd, so the chickens hatch a plan. One morning, Marjorie shrieks, "I've laid an egg!" In a clever story line, the bovine endures the taunts of the suspicious cows and the support of the ever-present, silent chickens, until the egg finally hatches a chick with an astonishing "moo" voice. Cutbill's writing is spare and amusing, and Ayto's goofy, mixed-media collages are a perfect match. Featuring expressive, wide-eyed, eccentric characters, the colorful spreads picture vivid body language, spiraling lines in wide-open mouths, and naive design. This funny book, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hatches the Egg (Random, 1940), will delight children.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Cow That Laid an Egg: 'The Cow That Laid an Egg... had me in stitches. More than just a silly story about a cow who thinks she's laid an egg, there's something deeper here about the idea of family, but it's so integral to the story that you don't feel as thought you've been hit over the head with the sledgehammer of worthiness.' The Bookseller "A Charming, comical tale." Starred Editor's Choice Junior 'A wonderfully madcap story with wacky illustrations.' Nursery World Praise for 'The Witch's Children', illustrated by Russell Ayto: 'This book has been wonderfully designed and the text is in perfect harmony with the incredible funny illustrations' Booktrust Best Books Guide

In this barnyard trifle, Marjorie the cow feels low because she "can't ride bicycles and do handstands like the other cows." Her pals the chickens put their heads together, and a miracle occurs. The Holstein finds a small black-and-white spotted egg in her stall and proudly takes credit for it. Paparazzi flock to the farm, yet Marjorie's fellow heifers suspect the "crafty chickens." Readers have reason to believe the cows when "a small, brown, feathery bundle" emerges-that is, until the hatchling says, "Moooo!" Cutbill (the Albie books) provides a silly surprise with this punch line, the high point in a studiously whimsical book. Ayto (The Witch's Children), working in pen-and-ink and watercolor with paper collage to match Cutbill's determined nuttiness, depicts Marjorie as a doting, bipedal type, with heavy lashes surrounding her doleful blue eyes and a flower tucked behind her ear. A few spreads show panache, as in a view of the chickens in their stacked roosts that looks like a spread of comic-book panels, but there's not much to pull kids back for seconds after the single joke has been delivered. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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