80 Following

Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
The Odd Egg - Emily Gravett Like many infertile women throughout history, hapless Duck suffers from social stigmatization and low self-esteem. Even though the obvious solution, adoption, is emotionally satisfying to her, she continues to suffer the mockery and criticism of her peers, who deride the physical dissimilarities between Duck and her unhatched egg. Although hurt by their treatment, Duck offers the egg unshaken love, doing her best to provide physical and emotional protection.

I would have preferred had the eggs been depicted in a more accurate way. Neither crocodile eggs nor baby crocs are huge -- a real baby crocodile would be just as small as a duckling! The illustrations were good, but not as strong as in some of Gravett's other books. If you haven't read her before, I would recommend Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears as a better starting point.