Out of the Egg is about a hen, a seed, a little red chick and a great green whispery tree. It’s about not giving up on a good idea, and children not accepting the silly things their parents sometimes say. It’s a bit like the old story of The Little Red Hen but I’ve given Out of the Egg a new generation and a new ending.
I did all the pictures for Out of the Egg using woodblock prints. It’s a long process which involves drawing the picture on paper then transfering it to a woodblock, carving the picture out of the wood, inking it, then printing it. This is an old way of making pictures and it seemed just right for Out of the Egg.
Out of the Egg was published in 2007 by both Walker Books Australia and Houghton Mifflin Books. It was awarded the Best First Book Award in the 2008 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and was listed in the CBCA Notable Australian Children’s Books in 2008. Out of the Egg has previously been translated into French and Hebrew and in 2022 was published in bilingual editions by OneTree House in te reo Maori/English and Samoan/English. It will be released in Chinese, Niuean and Tongan in 2023.
“An appealing twist on an old favourite.” — Time Out New York Kids
Out of the Egg is also available through Amazon Australia
Workings shows how I made some of the pictures for Out of the Egg
Here’s a clip of me reading Out of the Egg