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Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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I love books with characters who know they are in a book like "The Monster at the End of the Book" and "Wait, No Paint." And this one is simple enough that it will appeal to and be understood by very young children. The illustrations are great too. While the description says this is geared to children 4-8 years old . . . I would suggest even younger--more like 3 to 7. I can't wait to read it to the kindergardeners and first graders in my school library.
The art of the book is purposely unfinished. The drawings have faint traces of sketch lines, and the color on the moose is incomplete. The color that is there is very textured; some of it looks almost like finger painting, other sections have a crackled look, the moose's antlers look like they were done in charcoal, etc. It's all very nicely done, though it's not entirely my cup of tea.
Prose-wise, the book is very simple. My daughter has been reading for just under a year now, and a book like this is nice for her because the text isn't too challenging and most pages only contain a sentence or a sentence fragment. There are some nice sound words, such as when the moose tries to "squidge, squodge, and squeeze" his way onto the page. I like a little humor to kids' books, as does my daughter, so the simplicity of the text left us a little wanting.
It's also worth noting that the plot is already familiar to me as it's also the premise of Mo Willem's fantastic pop-up book, "Big Frog Can't Fit In". My daughter noticed this immediately as well. "Big Frog" has the advantage of being a full pop-up book, so that helps contribute to the fun of the story. It's not really a good thing when I start measuring children's book authors up against Willems because they usually fall short, as is the case here. While the book is cute and nicely drawn, it just doesn't have the same snappy humor of Willems' books.
Their unusual solution is to "tape" together spare scraps of "paper" to create a large gatefold page at the end, where Ernest triumphiantly squeezes his whole body in. The way this book played with the idea of "bookness" and the way it broke the fourth wall and directly addressed the reader at times put me in mind of The Monster at the End of this Book, but it also reminded me of Art Spiegelman's Open Me...I'm a Dog, as well as The Book That Eats People by John Perry and Mark Fearing.
When I was young, I loved books that ended with a fold-out page, they seemed so exotic and fun. What a treat! I know this will be popular with kids for that reason. Share this with preschoolers and kindergarteners who are just beginning to really appreciate books.
My 6 year old son really enjoyed reading through the book. The artwork is basic, reminds me of older storybooks from 30+ years ago which were drawn in a crayon/colored pencil style. The graph paper background was interesting.
The only thing I thought could be improved was make this a reading book for younger kids. The book says it is for kindergarten aged kids. When I see that a book is meant for that age group I figure it will be teaching some level of reading, this is not the case. I wish the words they included in bold letters were words that kids 5-6 would actually need to learn (squodge?).
Even with that issue I think this is a great book and any child in that age range would find it entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms Rayner's books and illustrations are so cute, I had to buy them all! Every story is sweet and appropriate for young ones.Published 21 months ago by C. R. Ritchey
This is a cute story for young children
Book was advertised in like new condition but a couple go pages were torn in the back
arrived on time
I bought this book to help teach my young students that there is always another way to do something without changing who you truly are.Published on September 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Love how this book folds out and fits the "whole" moose (plus his friend) on the last page. Perfect gift.Published on February 8, 2013 by A. Bowthorpe
I loved the story and the last page brought a happy feeling to my heart. An underlying message for sure "there's always room for all of us"Published on January 14, 2013 by Nancy Mally
I read a library book to my little ones at breakfast just about every day, and sometimes it seems "run-of-the-mill" to them, but THIS book held both their attention completely. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Sarah Pabody
This book is playful throughout and fun to read to children! They love the surprise ending and ask to have it read over and over!Published on November 27, 2012 by Jo Ann Cook
Ernest is a moose who is just a little large. I love that Ernest and his friend know they are in a book, and try their best to make Ernest actually fit inside of it. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Abby J.