Parents' Guide to

Egg & Spoon

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

A beautifully written, wildly imaginative modern fairy tale.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

My Kids Loved It

My four kids age 11-16 listened to an audiobook of Egg and Spoon on a long road trip. They loved it more than I did. The language was beautiful. My son thought it was as good as any Harry Potter book. There was no violence and a lot of humanity. It really showed the life changing effect of "walking in another's shoes" when two characters switch places. The book had very strong female characters showing depth and courage. One of my daughters really loved the spunkiness of Baba Yagga. My very picky history buff son didn't even complain about anything he saw inaccurate in the historic setting of Imperial Russia.

Is It Any Good?

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With this fairy-tale fantasy, Gregory Maguire hits it out of the park in the grand tradition of sweeping Russian epics, as exquisitely crafted as the Fabergé egg that causes all the trouble. His witty prose charms and delights; its effortless grace finds unexpected moments that touch the heart. The poetic rhythm and folktale style is a pleasure to read aloud.

The vocabulary's pretty advanced, but younger readers (or listeners) shouldn't be deterred. Most meanings are clear from the context, and if kids occasionally take the time to look up an unfamiliar word, they'll be richly rewarded. It's also a thrilling, fun, and funny fantasy that'll take people of all ages on a wildly imaginative ride to the most unexpected and delightful places.

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