The Runaway Egg written and illustrated by Katy Hudson, Random House, 2017. ISBN: 9780553523195. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.
A fine example of getting a message across while entertaining early readers. Little chick is asked by Mother Hen to watch his unhatched baby brother while Mom goes on an errand. Chick agrees, grumpily, as he can’t imagine what the deal is about watching an egg. He dozes off and wakes not long after to see legs sticking out of the egg. What follows is a madcap chase through the barnyard areas where other animals live as Chick desperately tries to catch up with the egg that has legs.
Older siblings will enjoy the colorful chase while (hopefully) absorbing the message that they’re important and can help in the care of younger brothers and sisters.