Fancy That!
Author: Gillian Lobel; Illustrator: Adrienne Geoghegan
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Frances Lincoln/2005
ISBN: 1845073355
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

Scratch, scratch, scratch! Mother Crane dug away in the hot damp sand, looking for a tasty snack. Scratch, scratch—but what was this? There in the crumbly earth was a nest of beautiful eggs! They were as big as goose eggs, shiny white, and speckled with gold.
Mother Crane decides to hatch the eggs herself. Meanwhile other animals begin stopping by—a flamingo, zebra, butterfly, giraffe, silver monkey, and even a s-s-sssnake.

The story is a cumulative sequence text. As each new animal is introduced (and says "Fancy that!"), all the previous animals are repeated.

What do the eggs contain? they all wonder. Suddenly, "[s]omeone inside the egg was making a peeping sound." When the shell cracks, out comes . . . a baby crocodile. Then the ground begins to shake. Mother crocodile has come to carry her babies to the "safe, warm water."

The colorful, painted illustrations are bright and bold and capture the action perfectly on double-page spreads.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2005 Education Oasis

About the Author

Gillian Lobel was born in Coventry and studied English at Manchester University. She was a teacher before she became a children's book author. She was short listed for the Children's Book Award for Ellie and the Butterfly Kitten (Orchard Books). Ms. Lobel is also the author of the best-selling book Starlight (Tamarind Books).

About the Illustrator

Adrienne Geoghegan is a Dublin-born illustrator and children's writer. She studied illustration at Kingston University in London. Ms. Geoghegan has been exhibiting her work since the early 1990s in both London and Dublin. As well as working with many prestigious publishing houses and newspapers, she has also worked on a major TV advertising campaign for which characters from her award-winning children's book Dogs Don't Wear Glasses (Crocodile) were featured.