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 CooperSee all Editorial 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 16 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 24 months ago 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.