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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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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite Dec 5 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. It was my first foray into science fiction in a way as the egg is a dinosaur egg. Good story.
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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. Like "Henry Reed" and "Homer Price," but better. I wish Oliver Butterworth lived next door - he would've been a really fun and wise man to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Dinosaur Book Oct. 17 2003
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. Through Nate's story we learn about the power of free speach, and the importance of each voice in our political system. It is also a celebration of non-traditional learning experiences, and the joy of persuing education outside of school. The Enormous Egg is a great civics lesson and should be of particular interest to home schoolers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid book March 6 2003
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. I thought it was funny! Nate was a cool guy because he rode the dinosaur and saved him from dying. Everybody would enjoy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! You must read it! Oct. 18 2002
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the immagination! March 13 2002
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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
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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 Enormous Egg May 31 2001
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The Enormous Egg is exciting and funny.If you like dinosaur books and humor books you will really like this book.My favorite part is when they go walking and the dino tipps over the truck.
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