Egg & Spoon, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (19 ratings)

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
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  • Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
  • ISBN: 9780763672201

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As an older adult I found some things in this book tedious, though I expect a child would be very happy to go with the flow as something interestingly magical is happening most of the time. There are a host of sly references to other books, and I'm sure children will delight at the ones they recognize and come back with a smile as they discover new ones during their reading life.As an adult, I was very pleased to find real adult characters who take responsibility for the children that fate places in their care. Maguire uses the example of these adults to good effect to make the ending of the story meaningful.If you have a twelve-year old in your life who likes fairy tales, I recommend introducing them to this book. I think they'll enjoy it much more than I did as a jaded adult.

Review by
4

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Library Thing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press!*This book was SO MUCH FUN! I haven’t been on a good adventure in ages, and that’s exactly what this book was: pure, unadulterated adventure.I tend to forget how much I enjoy Gregory Maguire’s writing and then I pick up another one of his books and have my mind blown all over again. He just has this way of spinning fairy tales that is absolutely amazing!There are so many things that I loved about this book! I loved the rich descriptions, the awesome narration, and the witty dialog. I loved Elena’s determination, Ekaterina’s transformation, and the Parent Trap swap that gets the whole party started. I loved the Russian folklore: the Matroyoshka, the Firebird, and the Ice Dragon. I loved Mewster the smart-mouthed kitten and Dumb Doma the house with giant chicken legs and a mind of its own. And Baba Yaga. I loved Baba Yaga SO MUCH!Egg & Spoon is an extremely well crafted tale full of quirky characters, gorgeous imagery, and beaucoup imagination. In it you’ll find princes and paupers, folklore and fairy tales, magic and morals, and a ton of just plain fun. I mean, what more could you ask for?

Review by
4

I was lucky enough to get an Early Reivewer Copy of Gregory Maguire's new book, Egg & Spoon through librarything.com. Thank you, librarything! Maguire is great at reimagining familiar stories, fairy tales and folklore. Wicked, his reimagining of The Wizard of Oz, is one of my favorite books. In this one he goes to Russia, bringing his spin on Russian folklore. Egg & Spoon is a romp that comes with social and political commentary, folklore, and vivid characters.The story starts with Elena, a Russian peasant girl. We feel her hunger, loneliness and desperation. She meets Ekaterina, a privileged and pampered girl, traveling through Russia by train, during an unplanned stop in Elena's town. And then there's Baba Yaga, a witch who is dangerous, capricious, clever, funny, and maybe even a little bit vulnerable. As one might expect reading Maguire, there are many adventures. Here they involve mistaken identities, a magical Firebird, the tsar, melting winter, Baba Yaga and her chicken legged house, an ice dragon, and a prince. Matroyshka dolls also figure prominently. While I haven't loved all of Maguire's other books as much as I loved Wicked, I think Maguire is in top form here.

Review by
4

Got this as an early review copy of the book. Gregory Maguire is the author of Wicked btw. This one is set in Russia and involves several Russian myths for which I was unfamiliar except for Baba Yaga. Two young girls one rich and the other poor end up trading places. The rich girl is going by train to St. Petersburg. The train is stopped for several days in the poor girls village due to the local bridge is out. The rich girl falls off the train just as it starts to depart while the poor girl is left inside. Thus begins our story which involves mistaken identity, the Tsar of Russia, the Firebrid, an ice dragon and Baba Yaga. Very good read overall.

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DNF - I read 178/475 pages and just couldn't make myself read anymore, It took me a week to read what I did. I was quite disappointed as I'm a great lover of Russian fairy tales and was looking forward to this. I didn't hate it, it paased the time although slowly but in the end I just found it dull and the nonsensicalness was irritating. Not for me and I just couldn't finish.

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