Ven Zeveren’s egg story is far and away the best I have seen...

Magpies

That’s Mine!

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This book contains, without any forced didacticism, a powerful lesson about greed, responsibility and regret. Children will laugh so hard they won’t notice learning it.
The New York Times, January 2013

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  • Description

    In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the little frog finds an egg.
    “That’s mine!” he says.
    But the snake wants his egg, and so does the eagle, and so does the lizard…But what does the angry elephant want?


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Belgium
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size
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  • Reviews

    1. Tall Short and Tiny Blog, October 2013

      This is a delightful story, with a bit of a twist at the end which is sure to have your child giggling.

    2. Magpies, March 2013

      Ven Zeveren’s egg story is far and away the best I have seen… it plumbs universal emotions with cliff-hanging suspense, insouciant wit and a charming lightness of touch. Just brilliant!

    3. The Children’s Bookshop, Term 1 2013

      Featuring a great twist at the end … Its simple, humorous story will appeal to children aged 3 to 6

    4. Weekend Press, April 2013

      Young readers will enjoy Van Zeverin’s lively cartoon illustrations and the gleeful repetition of ‘that’s mine’, but they will also be delighted by the witty ending when the mystery egg finally hatches.

    5. North & South, June 2013

      In That’s Mine, a frog, snake, eagle, and lizard find that the ‘finders keepers’ rule very rarely goes according to plan.

    6. Kirkus Reviews (US), March 2013

      A small green frog peeks out from some leaves at a white egg about his own size. ‘That’s mine!’ he declares. A split second later, a long brown snake hisses its way into the picture from above, claiming the egg for himself…

    7. Publisher’s Weekly (US), January 2013

      Van Zeveren, a genial cartoonist with a knack for expressive eyes, composes the action along a single plane with minimal propping and background, emphasizing the shifting ownership and progressive size of the combatants. …The closing gag, meanwhile, underscores the timeless wisdom of ‘Be careful what you ask for.’

    8. The Guardian, March 2013

      A clever joke runs through this story of ownership, responsibility and fairness…With little text but expressive illustrations, this interlocking story unravels before leading readers back to the beginning again.

    9. School Library Journal (US), March 2013

      The illustrations are the best part of this book. Everything is outlined in a thin black line, the animals have expressive faces, and the background is mainly white space with a bit of ground and greenery.

    10. Tomorrow’s Schools Today, March 2013

      That’s Mine is a simple story with a couple of twists, an interesting start and bold illustrations. It is a great story for reading aloud to a class and even has the potential for adapting for performance in the classroom.

    11. Bookrapt, January 2013

      Bold, uncluttered illustrations showcase the animals’ expressions as they each clasp the egg, then later deny ownership. There’s a wonderful parade of emotions: glee, greed, disappointment, anger, feigned innocence – and disbelief. `Be careful what you wish for’ could be the moral of this tale that offers much food for thought.

    12. The New York Times, January 2013

      This book contains, without any forced didacticism, a powerful lesson about greed, responsibility and regret. Children will laugh so hard they won’t notice learning it.


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