Renee Mihulka – Children's Book Reviews & Writer

The Cow That Laid an Egg

imagesOVERALL: 5 Stars

Concept:5 Stars
Characters:5 Stars
Plot:5 Stars
Writing:5 Stars


Andy Cutbill
Russell Ayto
Harper Collins


“I don’t feel special,” said Marjorie. “I can’t ride bicycles or do handstands like the other cows. I just feel so ordinary.”

Description: This picture book is, as the title suggests, about a cow that lays an egg. But really, like every good picture book, it is so much more. It’s about self esteem and having friends that look out for you. It is a well written, funny tale about an ordinary cow called Marjorie.

Illustration: These are modern and interesting. A wonderful mixture of drawing and I guess you would call it collage (sorry illustration isn’t my strong suit!). The illustrations are bright and welcoming and really compliment the text.

Concept: I love the concept of this book, especially the whimsy and humour.

Characters: Marjorie, the chickens, the farmers and the cows are all fabulous and unexpected. They evoke a number of emotions and you find your self really feeling for Marjorie and loving the cheeky chickens.

Plot: The book flows really well and is at times hilarious. It has an unexpected lovely ending.

Writing: This book is really well written and uses interesting language throughout.

This is a delightful book that you will enjoy reading over and over again with your little ones. The ending never fails to make me smile.

Things to ask and discuss:

1) Do you really think that Marjorie laid that egg?

2) Why do you think the chickens wanted to help Marjorie?

3) Talk about some of the more tricky words, like crafty, ordinary, commotion and promptly.

One Response to The Cow That Laid an Egg

  1. Andrew says:

    All my kids have loved this book. Its fun, silly and creative, and in its own light-hearted way can open a conversation about bullying etc.

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