ERGO – Alexis Deacon, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

            ERGO – Alexis Deacon, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz, Candlewick Press, (9781536217803), 2021 

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++

What did you like about the book? Ergo wakes up and all we see are eyes and a beak on a page of bright yellow.  Ergo is ready to explore the world.  The first thing she finds are her toes – and they wiggle!  Wow! The next thing she finds are her wings.  They flap!  Then her beak which she can use to “peck, peck, peck”.  And now her legs and she can “kick, kick, kick” them!  She wonders if she is the world – which she must be; “I AM THE WORLD AND THE WORLD IS ME, she thought”.  Has she found everything?  No, there is a wall which she can move any which way she wants.  When she hits something, she wonders what it can be – and she wonders “WHAT IF WE ARE ALL STUCK INSIDE WALLS, ALL SCARED OF ONE ANOTHER, NEVER KNOWING WE ARE ALL THE SAME?”. “THAT WOULD BE SAD”.  She hears a noise all around her, “tak, tak, tak, tak, tak, tak”.  She pecks the side of her shell and what do you know?  There are others who look just like her, cracking out of their shells!  “Ergo’s life began.”

Ergo is, of course, adorable.  She is a bright yellow chick inside an egg shell.  All the illustrations, done in ink and watercolor, are full-page with sometimes a two-page spread.  They are very simple, outlined with a heavy black border.  Ergo’s expressions are priceless.  This is one not to be missed.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Young children will love this book, asking to have it read again and again.  A good storytime choice or one-on-one.  It might be happily paired with Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and day-care centers

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I would say so; quick and totally enjoyable

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Administrator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  8/2/2021

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