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ERNEST, THE MOOSE WHO DOESN'T FIT by Catherine Rayner

ERNEST, THE MOOSE WHO DOESN'T FIT

By Catherine Rayner (Author) , Catherine Rayner (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-32217-5
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

It’s not easy being big. For Ernest, a large, handsome and personable moose, his size presents an obstacle to entering the very book in which he stars. Neither a shimmy nor a shift nor a shuffle provides access. Nor does a squidge, a squodge or a squeeze. To the rescue comes friend chipmunk. With masking tape and bits and pieces of paper, the solution unfolds--literally. Together they assemble a bigger book into which Ernest fits "perfectly." The collage illustrations on a background of a softly hued green grid contrast the moose’s grand dimensions with that of the tiny chipmunk in a gently humorous fashion. Ernest is outlined in black but only partially colored in smudges of brown, so he never appears overwhelming. The language is engaging and inventive. Concepts of friendship, enterprise and collaboration all shine in this very appealing import from Scotland that should delight little (and big) listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)