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Imogene's Antlers Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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"Hilarious." --School Library Journal, Starred

"A dazzling attraction."--Publishers Weekly

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David Small's dryly comic story of a little girl who wakes one morning to discover she has grown antlers has delighted children since it was first published 15 years ago. Now reissued in a sparkling oversize format, this classic is ready for a whole new audience.
The family doctor, the school principal, and even Imogene's know-it-all brother, Norman, fail to resolve her dilemma. Imogene, the cook, and the kitchen maid, however, make the best of things, finding unusual uses for Imogene's new horns. Meanwhile, the
problem appears to be solved when Imogene awakes the next morning antler-free.
But the family (and the reader) are in for a surprise when Imogene comes down to breakfast. . . .
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037581048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like all great children's illustrators, David Small has his good books and his mediocre books. His good books (like "The Gardener" and the recent "The Friend") are fabulous, as would be expected. His mediocre books (which I won't mention by name but that are bound to happen to everyone once in a while) are still good reading but they won't blow you away. "Imogene's Antlers" falls into neither the good nor the mediocre category. It falls into the "Extraordinarily Fantastic" category. It's just that great.

One day little Imogene (last name unknown) wakes up to find that she has grown a full set of antlers out of her head. Imogene isn't particularly perturbed by this discovery, finding it to be little more than a mild annoyance when she attempts to dress and leave her room. Her family, on the other hand, doesn't like it one bit. Still, when the doctor comes he can't find anything at all wrong with Imogene and the school principal, "glared at Imogene but had no advice to offer". Imogene lives in a kind of old fashioned household and her family's servants are pleased with the change. Lucy the kitchen maid hangs towels on the antlers while the cook, Mrs. Perkins, lets Imogene feed the birds with her donut strewn head. Even the construction of large hats doesn't help and so Imogene goes to bed. The next morning the antlers are gone and everyone is pleased. Until they see her newest sprouting.

I was first introduced to this l'il number through that incredible bit of children's programming, "Reading Rainbow" long ago. The book read well on television and it reads even better in one's lap. Small's pictures, which are sometimes a little too sketchy and haphazard, are perfect in this book.
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I was surprised to see this book for 4 and up - it is loved by my daughters from 2 up. It is a lovely, fun and well illustrated story about Imogene who wakes up one day to find that she has grown a pair of antlers. These are not small and discrete, but a full spread of them. And so this is how Imogene handles her day - with great fun.

Her mother is not so convinced and spends her time collapsing, IMogenes brother Norman discovers that she has been transformed into a rare form of miniature elk. Imogene loves having antlers, she can feed the birds, play the piano - although getting dressed is difficult, but the cook says she will be fun to decorate come christmas.

Lovey whimsical illustrations in a a very 50's style which appeal to me for this sort of story. There is a good amount of detail in them which is I think the great appeal for young readers. There is a marmalade cat and a rangy old dog which appear here in there too.

Highly recommended reading for adults and children
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"On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers." So begins award winning author and illustrator, David Small's silly, funny, very charming story. Imogene has quite a day trying to get dressed, walking through doorways and under chandeliers. And she finds her antlers are useful too, for drying laundry and feeding birds. Her family is puzzled, the doctor can't find anything wrong, her school principal has no advice and her brother thinks she's turning into a rare miniature elk. Everyone's upset but Imogene. After dinner, Imogene goes to bed, dreaming of her very unusual day. "On Friday, when Imogene woke up, the antlers had disappeared." Her family is overjoyed to see her back to her normal self, until she walks into the room..... Imogene's Antlers is a magical story that's perfect for kids 4-8 years old. The delightful, simple text is secondary to Mr Small's wonderful, expressive illustrations and youngsters will laugh out loud as they watch Imogene and her family's antics as they get through the day. Imogene's Antlers is a classic that will be enjoyed for generations to come and a MUST for all home libraries!
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I know this is suppose be a classic but, I just really didn't get into it. Maybe if the author had proposed some rational as to why this girl woke up with antlers and then how they disappeared a few days later and she then woke up with peacock feathers, I could have gotten behind the narrative. As it is, I just didn't get the idea. Why did the author choose antlers instead of horse hoofs or elephant tusks? It just made no sense. My child also just wasn't interested in story line. He would just keep asking me "why" does she have antlers? I had no response so I also didn't like reading the story because, the whole time he just kept asking me "why?". It was kind of frustrating so I returned it for another family to enjoy.
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A fun and whimsical type book about a girl who wakes up with antlers and has to adjust to her new headpiece, while her parents fret about what to do about them. Great, imaginative story for children, probably best suited for 3-5 year olds, though our 20mo also enjoys it!
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This is an older story from my own childhood. Truthfully, it may only be worthy of four stars, but nostalgia earns it a fifth. The art is whimsical as it is from long before digital art swept the children's literature scene and the story is playful and fun.
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