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The Cow That Laid an Egg

by Andy Cutbill
Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Published by U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-137295-7

Ages 4-9

Marjorie is down in the dumps because she’s not talented like the other cows—she can’t do handstands or ride a bicycle. So the chickens confabulate to hatch a plan to help. “I’VE LAID AN EGG!” shrieks Marjorie upon discovering the black-spotted egg that the chickens slipped into her pen. Soon the barnyard’s abuzz with talk of Marjorie’s talent. The other cows aren’t happy with being shown up, and are suspicious of the egg’s origins. Just when this outrageous tale couldn’t get wilder, the egg hatches, and without further ado the baby chick announces “MOOOOOOOO!” to its bovine mother. Andy Cutbill’s tale is an unbelievable but hilarious read-aloud, illustrated with Russell Ayto’s equally mirthful cartoonish images and collage on brightly colored panels. Highly Commended, 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award (TM)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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