Egg & Spoon - YA Review by Lian S

Reader: Lian S.
Age: 18
Title: Egg & Spoon
Author: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 09/09/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: My immediate thought about Egg & Spoon was that the narrator is brilliant. He's rather snarky, and even though he's technically a minor character in the story itself, you get to know him as a reader because his voice is so incredibly strong. It's almost like poetry, in a way, because he describes events and settings in ways that I had never pictured before.
     The story itself is intriguing, too. It was simply different from all the books I've read before. This is partly because I'm not all that familiar with the culture the story is set in, but it's also because a lot of separate ideas are combined to create something unique.  
Memorable or Forgettable: It's been weeks since I read it and I still have really vivid images of parts of the book. That's the case for a lot of books, but these images are particularly unique: the floating pavilions, dolls lined up like ducks, Cat looking out of the train at the beginning of the book. There was this feeling of love and of all sides of a story that I remember in a really positive way.
Cover: Finally, a legitimately good cover! I really like covers that have actual art, and this is one of them. Everything about it fits the book. The actual picture sort of tells the story itself, if you look first at the train on the bottom and then move your eyes up to the very top. The oval that could be egg, spoon, or both also fits the feeling of the book really well. This is one of those rare covers that actually works quite well. I do think a large part of that is because it's art, instead of, say, a picture of a pretty girl.
Age Range: Under 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read it

tags:  fantasy / Russian folklore / ya lit

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