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Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit Hardcover – October 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374322171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374322175
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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

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My 6 year old son really enjoyed reading through the book.
Water Monkey
This book is the story of a moose trying to fit into the book--and you can probably guess how he does it at the end.
Anne
This book would be a great read aloud; it's short enough and goofy enough to keep kids entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathe VINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
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Ernest the moose wants to fit inside the book but can't because he's too big. Luckily, he has determination and a good friend who figure out a solution to his problem.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. MB VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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This is a large picture book (as in physical size, not page numbers). It also has fold out pages that the kids really liked. It is about a moose who is to big to fit on a page of a book and how his friend helps him, by accepting who he is and making changes to the enviroment that presents the challenge. It is simple in vocabulary, and presents a great lesson to kids that they understand. The kids loved it and wanted to read it again. The art work is fabulous and the book is sturdy enough to be read over and over.
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The premise of this book is simple: Ernest the Moose is too big to fit into the book. With the help of his little friend, the two figure out a way to squeeze the oversize moose into the book.

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.
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When I first saw the title of this British import, I assumed it was about a moose who needed help fitting in, a book about social acceptance. And in many ways it is, but it's actually a lot more literal than that. This is a normal sized picture book, but it is entirely too small for Ernest, who is a lot of moose to fit into one book. Graph paper background and oversized print surround Ernest and his small chipmunk friend. On each double-page spread, Ernest woefully tries to shimmy into the book, always with various portions of his body cropped out. The illustrations consist of fingerpainterly ink and paper collage.

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.
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I had high hopes for this book when I read the description, and it did not disappoint. Reading the description on Amazon I could tell it was going to be a story about this moose, Ernest, being too big to actually fit in the storybook. I figured at some point this would become a pop-up book to show how he eventually fits into the book. To a certain degree that is what happens. Ernest's squirrels friend helps him figure a way he can fit into the book.

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.
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