Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit

Moose. What can you say? They're not cute and cuddly--well unless you're a mother or father moose. They're a bit awkward and BIG--have you seen the size of those antlers? So how do you fit a moose into a book? It's going to take a lot of brain power to solve this conundrum.

Mmmm, let's see. If you spread him across two pages, his antlers and legs get lopped off; so that's not going to work. And his behind is rather (cough, cough) w-i-d-e. What is a chipmunk to do? It seems that Ernest's diminutive assistant has some ideas...

Catherine Rayner's illustrations for Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit will have children of all ages joining in the ruckus. The text galumphs hither and yon across the graph paper background as the two friends finally come up with a satisfactory solution (no duct tape was harmed in the making of this book).

Problem solving has never been so much fun. The chuckle-inducing vocabulary encourages a light-hearted introduction to onomatopoeic alliteration (say that fast five times). A great book to share with anyone--including a goal-oriented moose.

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