Averbeck, Jim. Except If. Content G-PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2011, $12.99. As a little blue egg is about to hatch, imaginations run wild thinking about what could come out of this cracking shell and what will become of it. I thought this book a little on the abstract side. The publisher recommends ages 2-6 read it, but I would think anyone under 4 wouldn’t be able to follow the story. The pictures are very bright and simple and it follows the pattern of “except if” on every other page and I liked that. OPTIONAL, early ES, Shauna, Reading teacher.