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The Enormous Egg [Paperback]

Oliver Butterworth
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Book Description

April 1 1993
Young Nate Twitchell is surprised when one of the hens on his family farm lays a giant egg. After a painstaking wait, Nate is even more surprised when it hatches and out pops a baby triceratops that he names Uncle Beazley! But when Nate decides to keep the dino and raise it on his own, he has no idea what he's getting himself into. As Uncle Beazley grows, Nate and his family realize they are not equipped to take care of a full-sized dinosaur, and so with the help of their scientist friend, Nate and Uncle Beazley set off for the National Museum in Washington, D.C., on the hunt for the perfect home for a modern-day dinosaur---then the real trouble begins!

The Enormous Egg was originally published in 1956 and has been a classic in children's literature ever since. This brand new edition features amazing new illustrations from Eisner-award winning graphic novelist Mark Crilley (creator of Akiko and Miki Falls).

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"Quite a yarn. Recommended."—School Library Journal (double-starred review)

"[An] engagingly hilarious comedy."—Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Oliver Butterworth was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1918. Before his death in 1990, he taught English at the Hartford College of Women for 43 years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the immagination! March 12 2002
By A Customer
This book is about a young boy in Freedom, New Hampshire named Nate Twitchell and his discovery. The young boy went to fetch his hen one day and noticed that the hen had laid an enormous egg. Six weeks later the Twitchell family realizes that the egg hatched into something much bigger than they imagined, a triceratops. Scientists from all over went to New Hampshire to see this animal. Soon the dinosaur got to big to stay in Freedom. With the help of a paleontologist Nate gets down to Washington DC where he is turned away form the zoo because the animal would cost too much money to feed. Soon Nate and the scientist are trying to convince everyone why the dinosaur should stay.
This book is an easy read for a fifth grade class. The silly predicaments Nate and his dinosaur get in are great. Also there is suspense and frustration when Nate is denied a home for the rare/extinct animal. This chapter book has few pictures throughout but they are useful in assisting the imagination in order create this scenario in your mind. In this book there are also many true facts about dinosaurs that were great. Like how much it eats, grows, and weighs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book Sept. 7 2001
By A Customer
The Enormous Egg is about a a boy, Nate, who lives in a farm and his hen who laid an egg. But a baby triceratops pops out! Nate named him Uncle Beasley who was Nate's real Uncle.
One day when Nate was fishing he met a dinosaur scientist named Dr. Ziemer. Dr Ziemer came every few weeks to see how the dinosaur was doing. Nate's Dad was the newspaper reporter for New Hampshire and he wrote an article about the dinosaur. People from Washington DC were calling about the dinosaur. All these people came and all these scientists came. During this time the dinosaur was getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Dr. Ziemer wanted Uncle Beasley to go to Washington DC so that scientists could study him but Nate didn't want that to happen. But when his teacher said that he could stay with the dinosaur for three weeks (and miss school) Nate said, "yes." In Washington DC a Senator wanted to kill the dinosaur because he thought it was too expensive to feed. Nate went on tv and people from all the states came to see Uncle Beasley and put money in a jar to help pay for his food. They ve $240,271.31! And the dinosaur was saved.
I liked this book because it was interesting. This is the first time I read a book about an egg that had a dinosaur in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, Imaginative Tale Aug. 30 2000
One morning, as Nate Twitchell goes to the hen house to collect eggs, he finds one of his chickens sitting on an enormous egg...it's even bigger than the hen. No one has ever seen anything like this before and Nate is determined to take care of the egg and make sure it hatches. But, taking care of the egg is a big chore. Nate has to turn it often, to keep it warm and watch it carefully. After six weeks it hatches and out comes, not a baby chick, but a baby triceratops. News of the birth of a dinosaur travels fast and soon doctors, scientists and even politicians are coming to town to have a look. As the dinosaur grows larger and larger, some decisions have to be made about where it will live and who will take the best care of it. Mr Butterworth has written a wonderful, fast paced story, narrated by Nate, that your kids will not want to stop reading. The Enormous Egg is an action packed, funny and sometimes poignant story full of interesting characters and great, vivid scenes. This is the perfect book for kids age 9-12 and a terrific read-aloud book the whole family can enjoy together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a cool story! March 2 2000
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This book was a good book because it holds your interest. It didn't have any boring parts. It didn't have any parts that went on too long, instead on every page there was something new to think about. I really liked it!
Nate Twitchel found an enormous egg under one of his hens one morning. It was so big Nate had to turn the egg for the hen.It took six weeks till it finally hatched.A dinosaur came out. News spread fast and soon people from across the country started coming to the Twitchel's house. The dinosaur got so big that the Twitchels had to send him away, but Nate got to go too. the dinosaur ended up in Washington D.C. and there trouble began. Read the book to find out how Nate solves his prolems.
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I first read this book when I was in the third grade. I loved it then because I was into dinosaurs in a big way. The story line is easy to follow and makes for fasinating reading for the author has captured your interest from the first page. I recently went to the library and found this book for my 8 year old daughter so she too could enjoy this book and use her imagination to be there when the dino tips over the truck in washington dc, finally hatches after all the waiting or eats almost all the grass in the county. I re-read this book and enjoyed it as much as the first time. On a scale of 1 - 10, I give it an 11!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! You must read it! Oct. 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
Butterworth, Oliver, The Enormous Egg New York; Little Brown and Company, 1993. 188 p.p.
I think this book was great. It is about a fiction book about a kid named Nate who finds an enormous egg in the chicken coop. It hatches into an animal. The animal grows and grows. Soon it got too big to stay there so they shipped it to the Washington D.C. zoo.
My favorite part is when Nate was riding the animal and a truck honked in the animals ear. Then the animal knocked the truck on its side.
I would recommend this book to 4th - 8th graders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite
I loved this book as a child and bought three - one for each of my children's families to enjoy. I reread it and I still love it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story in the Style of Henry Reed (But Better)
I read this when I was ten and again when I was thirty. And you know, I enjoyed it just as much the second time. The story's great and the writing's very good. Read more
Published on July 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Dinosaur Book
Although on the surface this book is about a boy and his dinosaur, it is really about the freedoms promised to Americans by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by Sara F. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid book
I loved this book because it was a funny aventure. I thought the dinosaur, Uncle Beasley, was awesome. My favorite part was when he turmed over a truck on the highway. Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by Tadd Clark, a 10 year old reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Enormous Egg
The Enormous Egg is exciting and funny.If you like dinosaur books and humor books you will really like this book. Read more
Published on May 31 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars THROW BACK FROM EVOLUTION
Published on Feb. 8 2001 by "elainaxyz"
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
Published on Feb. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was just reading some books for english homework.Then I thought "This is interesting..." And I kept reading it until I finished it! Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars By far the worst book I've ever read
I was forced to read this book in fourth grade, and I still cannot forgive the school board for making me read such a deplorable book. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who wants a dinosaur as a pet
I first read this book over 40 years ago. It was facinating and well written. It's a wonderful adventure. I re-read it numerous times in the years since. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000 by James(Jim) W. Mitchell
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