Egg is a snowball that was inadvertently lobbed into Blue’s wintery nest by a bundled-up child in Central Park. But Blue doesn’t know that.
“ ‘My, you’re early. How did you get here?’ asked Blue. / Egg was quiet.” Blue decides to put Egg into her orange bucket and go find its mother. So begins a lovingly rendered wintertime amble through New York City, from downtown views of the Statue of Liberty to Columbus Circle to a gatefold spread of the Brooklyn Bridge in snowy January. The Chrysler Building on the cover immediately sets the stage—a clever mash-up of skyscrapers comprised of cut-up scraps of old paper, equations, postmarks and charts. Blue carries Egg to the boathouse, to hot-dog stands (Egg isn’t hungry), to skyscraper tops… no mom in sight. In time, Bird grows attached to her silent “friend”—the image of Egg-in-bucket wearing opera glasses at Madame Butterfly is priceless—and all is well until April comes, the weather warms and Egg starts to shrink. One sunny morning in the nest, Egg disappears completely. (Spoiler: Egg melts, the bucket crashes to the ground below, Blue sees a puddle with a pink flower in it and thinks Egg has bloomed.) For a more gruesome story of “egg loss,” see Mini Grey’s Egg Drop (2009).
A bittersweet tribute to New York City, tinged with deep loneliness and self-delusion. (Picture book. 3-6)