Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Duck for President; Dooby Dooby Moo; and Thump, Quack, Moo; in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? and Where Is Tippy Toes? She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Sarah Weeks has written many books for children, including If I Were a Lion, Paper Parade, Angel Face, So B. It, and Two eggs, please. She lives in New York City. When Sarah can't get to sleep, she goes through the alphabet in her head, trying to think of people she knew in elementary school whose names begin with each letter.
PreS-Gr 1-Weeks and Lewin do a superb job of exploring the concept of things being different and the same. The setting is a busy diner at breakfast time, where personified animals request two eggs prepared in different manners. The customers include a rhino, a mouse, a pelican, two canine cops, a gorilla and her baby, a ram, and a crocodile with a snake. Each one is rendered in the artist's distinctive and amusing watercolor cartoons, created with an economy of line and an abundance of personality. The "foxy" waitress and a big bear of a cook round out the charming and identifiable cast. A thoroughly delightful treat for both early readers and young listeners.-Donna Marie Wagner, Exeter Community Library, Reading, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In this witty and wise book "two eggs," served in diverse ways, become a metaphor for how much individuals have in common, no matter what their tastes. Late one night in a diner, a slender orange fox awaits her customers. In the opening wordless spread, readers observe the first customer arriving in his yellow taxi. In the next, the rhino cabbie orders ("Two eggs please. Sunny-side up"), followed by a rat musician carrying a double bass and sporting a tux ("Two eggs, please. Over easy"). The long counter fills up: a stork in green scrubs prefers "Scrambled," and a green alligator with a pierced nose and his pet boa constrictor orders for both-"Poached. My friend here would like a couple of raw ones." Although the customers do not chat, they steal glances at each other. Thought bubbles reveal their shared observation: "Different." This motif repeats as the ursine chef holds up a white and a brown egg in one paw ("Different"), then cracks them into a dish ("The same"). When the waitress calls, "Two eggs coming up!", she addresses everyone in the place. Yet in the closing spread, the customers eat their two eggs in peace, side by side. Readers must reach their own understanding. Weeks (Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash) uses repetitive but not monotonous language; Lewin works in the loose lines of her Click, Clack, Moo and reinforces the main point in expressive watercolors. Even the typefaces, which change with each customer, call attention to the coexistence of individuality and community. At this city diner, readers of all persuasions get food for thought. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.