Hatch!, by Cassie Hoyt | Dedicated Review
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Written by Cassie Hoyt
Illustrated by Amanda Crawford Brown
Age Range: 2-5
Paperback: 47 pages
Publisher: Cassie Hoyt (August 8, 2020)
What to expect: Baby Animals and Rhyming Text
“The egg is hatching, what will we see?” These are the words this charming picture book is founded upon. Each time they are repeated, young readers are introduced to a new baby animal: duckling, alligator, snakelet, baby bird, sea turtle, penguin, lizard, chick, spider, ostrich, and frog (tadpole).
Watercolor art fills the pages in beautiful ethereal washes and various other detailed watercolor techniques that add depth with varying hues and gradients. While the artwork differs somewhat, Hatch! is gently reminiscent of Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? due to the repetitive, rhyming refrain that draws little ones in. Thanks to the details embedded into the artwork, children will surely enjoy guessing which animal is about to hatch based on the picture clues provided.
Hatch! provides a lovely introduction to the world of oviparous animals and lends itself well to a group or lap-time reading. It would make a great starting point for further exploration of these sweet creatures.
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About the Author
Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works on www.cassiehoyt.com.
About the Illustrator
Amanda Crawford Brown is an artist in the greater Nashville, TN area. She has been creative her whole life but began working on her art career seriously in 2017. She specializes in watercolor and fluid art mediums but has recently been recreating those mediums in digital format. Creating children’s book art has been a dream of Amanda’s since she was very young! Amanda also makes digital artwork and is a marketing director for a Professional Twitch streamer, has shown her work in galleries and has had award-winning booths at art and craft shows all around Tennessee!
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