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First the Egg

First the Egg is a New York Times bestselling children's picture book written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, published by Roaring Book Press in 2007.[1] It was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2008[2] and also appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books list[3] and the American Library Association Notable Children's Books list.[4]

First the Egg
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AuthorLaura Vaccaro Seeger
IllustratorLaura Vaccaro Seeger
CountryUnited States
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
Publication date
September 4, 2007
AwardsCaldecott Honor Book

The book comprises a series of die-cut pages which convey various forms of transformation. Seeger also uses word play and alters the composition of the illustrations between cut-outs to create unexpected relationships between basic concepts such as time, opposites, and colors.[5]


Publishers Weekly describes First the Egg as 'another nimble page-turner...'[6] while Inis magazine calls it 'Whimsical and bold,...'.[7]

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "New York Times Best Sellers - April 20, 2008", New York Times.
  2. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present", American Library Association.
  3. ^ "New York Times Sunday Book Review", New York Times, November 11, 2007.
  4. ^ “2008 Notable Children's Books”, American Library Association.
  5. ^ First the Egg, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2007.
  6. ^ "First the Egg". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  7. ^ Myers, Lindsay (2009). "First the Egg". Inis #30 (Winter). Children's Books Ireland. Retrieved 2 April 2015.