The Strange Egg
Mary Newell DePalma
Houghton Mifflin Company 2001
ISBN 0-618-09507-1

The Strange Egg has been translated into French and Korean.

Drole d’oeuf
translated by Rose-Marie Vassallo
Pere Castor Flammarion 2002
ISBN 2-08161215-1

Kumsung Publishing 2002
ISBN 89-07-02748-X



The Strange Egg has been recognized for illustration and book design:

The Strange Egg was chosen for the Society of Illustrator's Show of Original Children's Book Art, October 2001.

Book Builders of Boston recognized The Strange Egg with a Best in Category award at their winter meeting in 2002.



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Publisher's Weekly:
February 19, 2001

DePalma's mixed media illustrations add a quirky post-modern flair to this tale of an unlikely friendship.

...DePalma's carefully chosen words vividly evoke each scene (the bird "peeked, pecked, poked, and lightly pat-pat-patted;" "They slurped, munched, squirted, crunched, and spit out the seeds")

.... This offbeat riff on the joys of the unexpected as well as the give-and-take of friendship is eggs-actly right.


Kirkus Reviews:
March 15, 2001

An odd little tale of fruit and friendship. ...

The strength here lies in the originality of DePalma's mixed-media illustrations, which depict the bird as a plucky, wide-eyed innocent willing to take on the world.

... There is real humor in the illustrations, the highlight of the book being a spread where both eat and then spit out the orange seeds with endearing verve.

School Library Journal:
May, 2001

... The plot is deceptive in its simplicity, and yet it underlines issues important to children: cooperation, friendship, using your individual talents, cause and effect, and nature.

... The text is simply constructed, one or two lines per page with vocabulary that is easy enough for beginning readers. An endearing story for young readers and listeners.--Susan Marie Pitard

San Diego Union-Tribune:
October 21, 2001

A monkey and a bird caretake an orange in this totally improbable yet wholly satisfying tale. DePalma's illustrations are the reason why; They're whimsical in a fresh, new way that's economical of color and line, but loaded with emotion. This is one of those rare books that grabs the reader and won't let go.



The Strange Egg is published by Houghton Mifflin Company