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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: 9.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 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: #109,031 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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The kids loved it and wanted to read it again.
Laura B.
I love the big, bold illustrations of Ms. Rayner's book about a moose who's too big to fit inside the pages.
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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 Fein Olson 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 Laura B. 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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By C. R. Ritchey on April 23, 2014
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Ms Rayner's books and illustrations are so cute, I had to buy them all! Every story is sweet and appropriate for young ones.
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By Lanee R. Warrick on December 21, 2013
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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
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By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2013
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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.
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By A. Bowthorpe on February 8, 2013
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Love how this book folds out and fits the "whole" moose (plus his friend) on the last page. Perfect gift.
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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"
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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. The very clever ending caused my first grader to exclaim, "How did they DO that?!" They were still talking about it a few days later, trying to make something similar of their own. :)
It's 10 stars in my book for creativity and "delightfulness!"
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