Cover image for Egg-napped!
Montes, Marisa.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Gabbler and his wife are thrilled with their first egg and horrified when it disappears.
Reading Level:
AD 630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 55157.
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Gabbler and his wife couldn't be happier. They've just had their first egg! But during the celebrations, the Egg quietly tips, totters, and tumbles away -- and everyone thinks it's been egg-napped!Come join this hilarious romp through the forest as the Gabblers and their friends search high and low for the beloved Egg. Young readers will he surprised and delighted from beginning to end as this wild goose egg chase unfolds!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Mr. and Mrs. Gabbler Goose were so pleased and proud when their first egg arrived that they invited all their animal friends to join them in celebration. Everyone was so busy enjoying the party that nobody noticed when the egg rolled down the hill. When Mrs. Gabbler makes the horrible discovery, she proclaims an egg napping! Naturally, all the animals spring into action to recover the precious egg. After a rollicking adventure of hits and misses, Egg lands in the softly feathered wings of its very own dad. The story rolls to a happy ending with a second celebration--Egg's coming-out party. Winborn's colorful, comical watercolor illustrations do a great job of expressing the joy-to-horror and back-to-joy mood swings experienced by the Gabblers and their concerned friends throughout the ordeal. The lively rhyming text is great fun to read aloud, making this a solid choice for a spring storytime. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

With gentle humor, Montes (Juan Bobo Goes to Work) addresses cooperation against adversaries, as a forest full of animals work together to rescue a runaway goose egg. Her sturdy verse follows the offspring-to-be of Mr. and Mrs. Gabbler as it rolls out of the nest and off on a wild ride. Nabbed by Doris the tortoise, rescued by Kit the flying squirrel and recaptured by a jeering Hector the Hawk, the egg is dislodged by a kick from Mrs. Gabbler and caught in midair by the intrepid Kit. " `We saved Gabbler's Egg!'/ feisty Kit led the cheer./ `We worked as a team/ and we saved someone dear!' " Winborn's (A Valentine for Norman Noggs) watercolor spreads combine the dynamism and expressiveness of animation with the softness of a blossoming spring backdrop. While the Gabblers' method of conflict resolution may not be preferred by some adults (it involves a lot of yelling and one well-placed boot in the rear), children will cheer on the antics of the forest dwellers and chuckle at Winborn's cartoon-bubble asides ("Adieu!" says Hector Hawk poetically as he flies off with the egg). Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Montes takes children on an amusing romp in rhyme through the great outdoors, as woodland animals of all sorts scamper around trying to find Gabbler the Goose's egg, which has disappeared from its nest. After several misadventures, the creatures regroup and, by working together, rescue the egg. "Soon-CRUNCH!/CRACK! from the Egg/popped two legs and a rear./`Count our blessings!' cried Gabbler./`Our Baby is here!'" Against a predominantly light-green background splashed with bright flowers, delightfully humorous watercolor illustrations document the antics, portraying the comical consternation of the various animals with panache. The verses scan well and suit the nature of the story, making a sparkling read-aloud, Egg-citing.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA NAPOLI, Donna Jo & Marie Kane. Rocky the Cat Who Barks. illus. by Tamara Petrosino. unpaged. Dutton. 2002. Tr $15.99. ISBN 0-525-46544-8. LC number unavailable. PreS-Gr 2-When Rocky's elderly owner can no longer care for him, the little dog is sent to live in a home with two "little monsters" and five cats that mistreat him. Although he is unhappy and terrified of the other animals, one day he does manage to muster up the courage to rescue two of the cats from the abusive children. To Rocky's surprise, this show of bravery wins him the favor of the five felines. The story effectively captures the animal's anxiety. Through Petrosino's angular cartoon drawings, readers will feel the terrified pup's unhappiness and will be appalled at the meanness of the kids as they prepare to stuff two of the cats into a backpack. Most pages are set against a splash of peach-colored background with white framing. While it isn't clear whether the children have learned a lasting lesson, Rocky has definitely earned the cats' affection.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.