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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching
written by Lauren Gehl
illustrated by Joyce Wan
Ages: 2-6
Hardcover: 40 pages 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Macmillan
Published: February 9, 2016 
ISBN-10: 0374301212
ISBN-13: 978-0374301217


Also available in board book format:
Published: January 17, 2017
ISBN-10: 0374305420
ISBN-13: 978-0374305420


Egg is not hatching.
No way. No how.
It is too scary out there.

Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek.

But Egg is not cracking...
Joyce Wan's bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl's reassuring tale that takes the not out of I'm not.

A kick-off of to 
a funny new character-driven series for toddlers in which a reluctant chick overcomes her fears.

A finalist in the Children's Book Council 10th Annual 2017 Children's Choice Book Award

Winner of a Spring 2016 Parents' Choice Book Award in the Picture Book category.

For more information on author Laura Gehl, visit her website at


"Delightful and right on target. " Kirkus Reviews

"Gehl’s (Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel) just-enough text delivers a spot-on channeling of a coaxing parent and oppositional child, while Wan (The Whale in My Swimming Pool) blends expressive emoji-like characters (even unhatched, Egg has a vividly cranky personality) with ingeniously geometric settings." – Publisher's Weekly

"Charmingly illustrated by Wan with bold strokes and spot-on facial expressions, this picture book is delightful. Gehl has created an appealing duo with the enthusiastic Peep and the lovably neurotic Egg. The constant refrain of “I’m not hatching” will be a winner at storytime. VERDICT A clever way to demonstrate overcoming one’s fears." – School Library Journal

"Gehl’s use of hatching as a metaphor is a brilliant choice for the story, particularly for little ones feeling shy themselves. Her short sentences, along with the predictable plot and repeated refrain, make this a great read-aloud, particularly in concert with Wan’s bold, eye-catching, large-format artwork." – Booklist