What Will Hatch?

Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani. Walker, $12.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8027-2311-6
An elegant interactive design and serene illustrations introduce readers to seven animals that hatch from eggs, including sea turtles, a crocodile, and a platypus. Egg-shaped die cuts peek between pages, as the collaborators give visual and textual clues that let readers guess what nestles inside each egg: “Warm seat. What will hatch? On Daddy’s feet—penguin.” Ghahremani offers almost toylike images of the parents and their offspring; the texture of the wood she paints on bleeds through to create a homey back-to-nature vibe. A closing spread provides further information about the births of the “oviparous animals” in the book, as well as a goldfinch and a chicken, to boot. Up to age 5. Agent: Stefanie von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 02/12/2013
Library Binding - 40 pages - 978-0-8027-2312-3
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