The Song of the Zubble-Wump
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Dec. 30, 1996)
There's only one Zubble-wump egg, from the Zubbulous Valley, and that one belongs to the Mullally family. This egg hatches only once every 82 years, and young Megan Mullally is actually going to be lucky enough to witness the great event, which happens to be tomorrow. To make sure no harm comes to the precious egg, Grandpa Mullally brings in the egg-watching expert, Horton the elephant. But not even the hawk-eyed Horton can stop the thieving, nasty green Grinch, who pulls a switcheroo and snatches the egg. After a series of breath-holding near misses, Megan herself retrieves the egg and receives a classic Seussian lesson in tow: that beauty and truth can never be the property of just one family--they belong to all of us!