Prepare for a quaint little jaunt into 1920s America.

Title: The Coal Thief
The Egg Thief
Author: Alane Adams
Illustrator: Lauren Gallegos
Rating: 8.5
Readability:  9
Source: From author for honest review

The Egg Thief Review

Description from Goodreads:

The Coal Thief:

Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious black gold. Before Georgie can catch his breath, he is in a pile of trouble all the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America s storied past.

The Egg Thief:

Young Georgie wakes up to a morning of chores back in 1920s Pennsylvania when he gets the bad news someone has stolen all the eggs in the henhouse. The culprit is Buster, a stray dog who takes Georgie on an adventure to find more eggs. Follow Buster and Georgie and their mischievous antics in this heartwarming tale of farm life in America s storied past.

What I Thought:

These books are a wonderful peek into America’s past.

I love a story with a good moral, and both of these books certainly teach us a thing or two. They show us that even though circumstances may be difficult, and may seem beyond our control, if we help others we will help ourselves.

My daughter loves trains, so her favourite was obviously The Coal Thief. This book led us to quite a few discussions about what life was like almost 100 years ago. She’s certainly glad we don’t have a coal stove! (As am I. Like, seriously glad.)

She actually loves it so much that when asked what her favourite book is, she says, “The Coal Thief!” I don’t think you can get much better praise than that. To be completely honest I did really like the books, but Evelyn LOVES them, which is why I’m giving them such a high review! I’ve probably read them about 5 times already today, and Evelyn has read them to herself at least that many times, too!

The illustrations are lovely. The elongated bodies and the big brown eyes make Georgie and his companions easy to adore. The subdued, almost sepia tones give the books a rustic, vintage feel that helps tell a timeless story. A great addition to any shelf!


These books are based on stories told to Alane Adams by her father! How neat is that?

Click the links to find out more about the terrific work of  Alane Adams and Lauren Gallegos !


A valuable history lesson disguised as an adorable picture book.