Mini Grey is a big name in the word of pictures books. She’s produced many brilliant stories and illustrations over her career thus far and is probably best known for winning the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon back in 2006. Mini is an incredible talent and I hope to review many more of her books in the future, but right now, I’m starting with Egg Drop.
‘Here is the story of the egg that wanted to fly.’
Egg Drop was published in 2003 and was Mini’s first picture book which she wrote as well as illustrated. It is absolutely mad and I love it! Mini tells the story of a young egg, one which wishes nothing more than to fly and be in the sky like all the wonderful things it sees soaring above. So it hatches a plan. The Egg decides to take its dreams into its own hands?! The Egg climbs up very, very high and jumps. Can you guess what happens?
This is a book both adults and children will love. Not only is it hilarious, but I find it rather progressive. Not many picture book writers are brave enough to include something like Bernoulli’s principle (Yes I had to google it) into a book for young children. Egg Drop also teaches many invaluable lessons. Such as having the bravery to follow your dreams and just as importantly, not being afraid of failure. It also teaches the necessity of patience. When we’re young we are always in such a hurry to do things we’re often not ready for, but if we wait and with a little guidance, one day we will be ready to take flight.
This is certainly a picture book like no other! Definitely one to give the adults a good chuckle and perhaps you will be able to slip in a few life lessons between laughs. Children will love it too, as long as they don’t get too attached to our young protagonist who’s coming out of its shell!
P.S. Mini lives in Oxford and visits the bookshop I work in!
BB Rating: 4/5
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