Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Ernest : Review

"Simply Gorgeous"... Daily Mail

Title: Ernest
Author: Catherine Rayner
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Year: 2009
Found: Borrowed from library

What's It All About?!
This is Ernest. He is a moose. A very BIG moose and he can't seem to quite fit into the book. He is very disappointed. Then his small friend has a big idea..
When I first picked up this book, I was a little uncertain to start with. The image on the front cover didn't draw me in; but then again, we were in a rush at the library and OJ was having trouble choosing. I'm glad we did though, as OJ has asked for this story each night out of all the stories we choose together.
The story is simple, a quick read before bedtime. The character Ernest, is faced with a dilemma; he can't fit inside the book. His small friend (we don't learn their name, but it's a little chipmunk character) comes up with an idea, and together, they manage to fit Ernest inside.
The language is simple yet provides a child with lots of opportunity to extend their vocabulary. Lots of lovely descriptive words such as, squidge, shimmy and scrumple. The text is not set, it is in varied font (size/style) and this makes for very eye catching and interesting pages for the reader.
It's a lovely story that looks at friendship and the concepts big and small.
At the end of the story, the reader has to unfold a page at the back, which works brilliantly with the story.

"What shall we read tonight OJ?"
"Ernesd!" (He still working on the 'T' sound on the end of words... bless him.)

Book worm rating:
 out of 5!

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