From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Ernest tries his darnedest to fit on the pages of this book. With the help of his chipmunk friend, he attempts to “shimmy, shift, and shuffle in forward” and “squidge, squodge, and squeeze in backward.” Nothing works; all of him just won't fit. Then chipmunk has an idea; fetching masking tape and paper, she and Ernest cobble together a gatefold for the last page. Now, the moose “fits in perfectly.” The graph-paper pattern on heavy stock is the perfect background against which loose, textured line drawings humorously depict the predicament of the gangly Ernest and his furry friend. The amusing extension, cleverly constructed from a hodgepodge of gaily patterned “paper” stuck together with much tape, makes for a delightful resolution. The simple plot marries perfectly with the large-scale, highly tactile drawings and oversize font to create a winning book that children will beg to see and hear again and again, whether lap-sitting or in a group. Brilliant!Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
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It’s a one-joke story, but the conceit’s awfully funny. Ernest is an endearing-looking moose. His problem is that he’s large. Very large for a picture book. And so begins an amusing chain of spreads as Ernest tries to “shimmy, shift, and shuffle” his body to fit into the two-page spreads. With the help of his little chipmunk friend, he squeezes, and you get a view of his backside. In the next spread, his middle and head are quite viewable. But what about the rest of him? Just when it seems there’s nothing to be done, Chipmunk has an idea. She gets some masking tape. Ernest finds some paper. They “crinkle, crumple, and stick.” When they’re finished, kids will be delighted by the gatefold that unfurls to show full-size Ernest in all his glory. With its short text full of delicious word choices and baleful Ernest and determined Chipmunk as its two characters, this will be especially good for story hours. Let the giggling begin. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper