Illustrations copyright © 2007 by John Manders
Jack the cat has a hankering for an omelet, but he lacks the essential ingredient - an egg. He decides to build a very enticing nest so that he can lure an unsuspecting bird in to lay an egg. Oh what a fine nest, Jack builds. He pilfers supplies from all around the farm. He builds a ramp leading to the nest with a welcome mat at the foot and sets out corn as bait. All he has to do is wait.
The kids will enjoy hearing you speak with Spanish, French and colloquial English accents for the different birds and will eagerly join in. Unfortunately, this behavior will carry over after the story ends and your children will begin yelling out “Sacre bleu”, “Caramba”, or “Great balls of fire” at the most inopportune times:-) Or as my two years old pronounces it, “Sakay burr.” Every single one of Mander’s illustrations will make you laugh out loud because of Jack's facial expressions - the anticipation when he first builds his nest, the glee when the eggs are laid, the horror and disappointment when the eggs hatch. All that is, except for the last two illustrations, which will simply make you say, “Awwww.” Funny and sweet!