Edward the Egg

A Different Kind of Brave

Children - Adventure
75 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2021
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is an inspirational children's story written by Julia Fagundus. Living a typical lifestyle, Edward the Egg tends to do the everyday things we all do. The only thing that holds him back is fear. When going to the grocery store, Edward makes the trip to buy special ingredients for a meal he plans to make, but the fear of having his shell cracked makes him hesitant. Edward is careful who he interacts with as he does not like dealing with strangers, so his journey is upended when the cashier he knows is away when Edward visits. When a lady in one aisle has trouble accessing a food item, Edward puts his fear aside and helps her. This creates a new friendship that proves to be invaluable. Edward again faces one of his worst fears when he encounters foxes but puts his fears aside to save a young fox from being hit by a car. When Edward finally sees his worst fears come true, his new friends stand by him to ensure he makes a full recovery.

When I began reading Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave, I expected some version of Humpty Dumpty but was instead thrilled to find an action/adventure of a different kind. As a Deaf reviewer who suffers from Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, I am very familiar with anxiety and fear creeping into your everyday life. Panic with unfamiliarity greeted Edward at every turn in his day, but he made unselfish choices which put him on a new yet wonderful path to making new friends and having new adventures with people who were happy to become a valued part of his life. Julia Fagundus has shown that making uncomfortable decisions due to unfamiliarity can actually reap some amazing rewards. Many people in the world have social phobias and can relate to this story so well. I found Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave to be uplifting, wholesome, and overflowing with the building of self-esteem. I wholeheartedly recommend Julia Fagundus's well-written children's tale to all young readers aged 5-12, so that they can see how living life in the shadows out of fear can hold you back in every way if you don't decide to take risks which reap more benefits than they can imagine. Great read!

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is a children's book by Julia Fagundus. There is a special treasure inside all of us. That’s what Edward the Egg discovers when he takes the time and is brave enough to talk to the new cashier at the grocery store. She gives him a special treasure coin and tells him, “When you hold it, it will remind you that there is treasure inside us all.” Although Edward really just wanted to rush through the grocery store and pick up his groceries before someone spotted him and added him to their grocery cart, he took the time to be kind, to be brave, to help someone in need. And each time he was rewarded for both his bravery and his kindness.

Julia Fagundus’s early chapter book story, Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave, is a clever way to teach young readers about being brave and being kind. I couldn’t imagine being an egg and having the courage just to go grocery shopping, but that was Edward’s first sign of bravery. The others came as new people (and animals) crossed his path and he reached out to help them when he sensed they needed something, even if it was just a listening ear. This is an interactive book that asks the young reader to color the picture at the end of each chapter and to draw something they learned on the extra page provided. In each chapter, Edward learns a new lesson which he shares with readers, and he learns a new way to be brave, just by being kind. This is a very intuitive, educational, and entertaining story.

Michelle Stanley

Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is a children’s adventure by Julia Fagundus. Edward the Egg needed ingredients to make his “yummy to the tummy” cheese biscuits, so he cycled to the supermarket very early to avoid shoppers who often mistook him for lunch. While shopping, Edward noticed a woman on a scooter seat looking at the biscuits. He knew she couldn’t reach the biscuits herself and offered his help. Although Edward was slightly “terri-fried” of heights, he bravely climbed the shelves to get the biscuits and even gave her his “yummy to the tummy” recipe. They bonded, and Edward felt “egg-extremely” pleased for doing a good deed. Edward noticed that Tom, the friendly cashier, was absent and became worried. Would the new cashier treat him differently?

I’m not “eggs-aggerating” when I say Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is an “eggs-citing” children’s story about a warm, caring egg named Edward who likes helping people. His ten short story adventures occur “in-eggs-expectedly.” These adventures are dangerous because Edward is fragile, and his shell can crack very easily. There aren’t any shell stations around to patch him up if he cracks. Julia Fagundus’s characters are adorable, especially Edward. He risks his life to assist others in need. The author’s message indicates that size doesn’t matter, and caring and sharing are important traits to have. The coloring page illustrations will be a fun activity for children. These also "egg-courage" readers to sketch their own Edward the Egg or share their own good deed story.

Bruce Arrington

Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave, by Julia Fagundus, is a 75-page-long children’s fantasy adventure about an egg who likes to be kind and make a difference in the lives of others. It has 10 chapters, and at the end of each chapter is a page that the reader can use to draw what he or she thinks Edward would look like in a particular situation. The overarching theme of the book is being kind to others and then seeing how kindness bounces back. In this story, we see Edward going to the grocery store to replenish his home supplies. But it’s not easy being a single egg, as there are dangers everywhere. As Edward makes himself face those dangers, he also has various opportunities to be kind and sometimes at great risk to his fragile self.

These days, it can seem the proper thing to look the other way when those around us need our help. And yes, there is always risk involved in reaching out to others. But there is also a great reward, the first being that our own world, instead of shrinking when we run away in fear, actually expands. It opens up a little bit when we involve ourselves for the sake of others. And that is exactly what this book is about. Of course, it must be mixed with prudence and common sense, not with the intent of running into danger. Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave, by Julia Fagundus, presents a balanced mix of wisdom and insight on being kind to others. Highly recommended.

Rylanne Burdette

Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave by Julia Fagundus is a sweet children’s book that follows Edward, a young egg, as he makes his way through town. He’s on a mission to get the ingredients for one of his family’s famous recipes so he can make it at home, but he finds himself in lots of trouble along the way. From almost falling in the grocery store to finding himself in a situation with a bird much bigger than him, Edward must overcome his fears while also showing kindness to others. By relying on those around him and being brave, he makes new friends and learns just how strong he is.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Edward and his adventures through town. I loved how interactive the book was, with various coloring and drawing opportunities scattered every couple of pages. In print format, Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is a cute story that children will fall in love with, especially if they have their crayons or markers next to them as they read. Julia Fagundus does a wonderful job of telling a story about bravery and kindness that has the power to resonate with children, even at a young age. Although he is an egg, Edward is a relatable character because of his feelings during the tough and sometimes scary situations he encounters. Children will surely find themselves not only being entertained by Edward but also learning from him. Edward the Egg: A Different Kind of Brave is a great story that I recommend to parents and children!