Hattie Peck - Story Snug

Hattie Peck by Emma Levey

Hattie Peck’s story is full of eggs that have been laid by all kinds of creatures! We love Hattie, she’s a determined, kind hearted heroine who turns her own heartbreak around when she goes out into the big wide world to rescue abandoned eggs.

The Story: Hattie Peck has only ever laid one egg which has never hatched so she decides to leave her coop to collect abandoned eggs. Her journey is long but successful and Hattie returns home to wait for her eggs to hatch. But what exactly will come out of each egg?

Hattie Peck is obsessed with eggs and her obsession leads her to undertake an eventful journey. The journey takes her into the air, under the ground and she even dives in the ocean! We’re impressed by her determination and also her patience while waiting for the eggs to hatch. Hattie is a very independent hen who is not daunted by weather or heights and we love some of the ‘unhenlike’ behaviour which is shown in the illustrations.

The text is simple and easy to read, it’s great for a beginner reader. Emma Levey’s beautiful illustrations are bold and full of colour, often on a predominantly white background. It’s really difficult to choose our favourites, we love the illustration of Hattie diving under the sea (complete with snorkel and googles!) and we spend lots of time poring over the final spread which shows Hattie knitting for all the different birds and animals that have hatched.

This would be a fabulous story to read in an Early Years classroom during an animal topic and can stimulate lots of discussion about which creatures come out of an egg. There was a surprise for us in the story as we didn’t know that a duck billed platypus hatches out of an egg! Children could also draw an animal or bird hatching for a Hattie Peck classroom wall display.

If you’re looking for picture books about eggs or to give as an Easter gift we think Hattie Peck would be perfect 🙂

Age Range: 2 +

Author / Illustrator: Emma Levey

Thank you to Willow Tree Books for sending Hattie Peck. She’s the kind of picture book heroine that we like to read about.


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20 responses to “Hattie Peck by Emma Levey”


  1. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Nice for Easter. What a cute book #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely book and we like the fact that it has a strong, determined female heroine 🙂


  2. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    That sounds very cute. It’s reminded me of a similar book I read with my kids when they were little. I think a dinosaur hatched at the end!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Could that be Emily Gravett’s The Odd Egg? Illustrator Maria Bogade wrote about it, she was Story Snug’s very first guest 🙂


  3. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Dare I say a good book for Easter maybe? Thanks for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      A good book for any time of the year but also for Easter 🙂


  4. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a lovely storybook. This would be great to use alongside a tuff spot and perhaps decorate some of the eggs that Hattie finds 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. hope to see you tomorrow x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, this story could definitely stimulate some Easter Egg decorating 🙂


  5. Susan Mann avatar

    This sounds like a lovely book. Such cute illustrations too x #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are beautiful, we’ve never seen a hen diving before 😉


  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    This sounds very cute and would be ideal for little ones on the farm here #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, it would be a lovely book for you to have on the farm 🙂


  7. Louise Fairweather avatar

    I love the illustration on the front cover


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it 🙂 We love all of the illustrations!!


  8. Jenni avatar

    This sounds like such a lovely story. I bet my daughter would love it! And the best time of year for it too.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is lovely and a great book to read in time for Easter 🙂


  9. Kate Fever avatar

    This sounds ideal for early readers, and perfect for this time of year too! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a brilliant book for early readers. The sentences are short and the text is easy to read.


  10. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! This sounds like a really cute book and a lovely story….
    It’s perfect for this time of year. Coming up to Spring and Easter x


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, it’s great to read now. This is the time of the year when we’re all starting to think about eggs 🙂

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