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except if by Jim Averbeck is a whimsical picture book in which an egg is not just an egg, but a symbol of the potential a child’s imagination holds!

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In the beginning, there is an egg. Which may become a baby bird, except if it becomes a baby snake instead. Except if the baby snake is really truly a dinosaur!

In this whimsical picture book, except if by Jim Averbeck, an egg is not just an egg. It is a symbol of the potential a child’s imagination holds. The reader stretches the limits of their imagination as each image turns into the next!

Averbeck plays contrarian in this fun exercise in defying narrative assumption. An egg is not a baby bird. But it will become one. Except if it is a bird. Or if it becomes a baby snake. Page by page, the primary-colored pastels-and-watercolor illustrations tell a tale that looks to be headed one way until the page turn reveals another.

Jim Averbeck works, plays, and evades the law in San Francisco, California. His first book, IN A BLUE ROOM, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book. His popular books EXCEPT IF and OH NO, LITTLE DRAGON! feature charming protagonists with pointy teeth. His book, THE MARKET BOWL and his middle grade novel, A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT, were Junior Library Guild Selections. His most recent book, ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA, was an IndyNext Top 10 for Summer 2015. Spy agencies can find Jim online at jimaverbeck.com