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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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Author Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
September 4, 2007
Awards Caldecott Honor Book
ISBN 9781596432727

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.