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Ernest [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Catherine Rayner
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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4 Sep 2009
What is a moose to do?

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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1 edition (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230529194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230529199
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Rayner is an author and illustrator of children's picture books. She studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art where, for her final degree show, she created what would go on to be her debut picture book.

Originally from Yorkshire, Catherine fell in love with the city of Edinburgh and still lives there. Winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her second book HARRIS FINDS HIS FEET, Catherine has now been shortlisted four times for the award. She was also awarded the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards in 2006 and was named one of Booktrust's ten Best New Illustrators in 2008. In 2010, she was the inaugural illustrator in residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

As well as producing award-winning picture books, she also exhibits her artwork in galleries all over the world and illustrates her own range of greeting cards. For more information visit You can also 'like' Catherine Rayner on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @catherinerayner.

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Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can’t fit inside his book! Luckily Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren’t going to give up easily. Will they find a way for Ernest to fit in? Featuring a surprise fold-out ending, children will love this stunning book from the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

About the Author

Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with a small menagerie of creatures including Shannon the horse, Ena the cat and a goldfish called Sheila, all of whom inspire her artwork. In 2006, Catherine won the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Award and this year was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for HARRIS FINDS HIS FEET (Little Tiger Press, 2009).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ernest is an exceptional moose, both exceptionally drawn in Rayner's free flowing lines, and exceptionally determined. He is also so large that he can't fit inside the book, but he isn't going to give up. And you can be sure that, with his trusty chipmunk friend, by the end of the story Ernest will be in the book - but how? It's a novel and surprising end which my children loved.
Brilliantly told in only seventeen short sentences, and with such striking artwork, this light-hearted book will amuse both preschoolers and their grown-ups. A cracker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the bigger picture 6 Aug 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Ernest is a very large moose who can't fit into his book, until his small friend the chipmunk has a brain wave ... The book is superbly bold - more a concept than anything, with minimal text and very humorous, endearing illustrations. It is ideal for young children who I'm sure would be delighted to see the whole of Ernest at the end. It's a bit like suddenly seeing the Shard or the Nat West building up close for the first time, emerging to a place where you have an unblocked view of the whole building.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book! 12 Aug 2012
By Anfield
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book due to a recommendation from a friend. It is not only a wonderful story but has masses of learning opportunities for children. The text is fun and easy to follow but has many chances for children to explore language through alliteration. My children enjoyed guessing what would happen to Ernest at the end. It also has mathematical possibilities through measuring and size which children would love to explore. This book is wonderful and I recommend it to everyone from Early Years up to the end of key stage 1.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated 6 April 2010
Lovely concept and beautifully illustrated, although we would have liked a name for Ernest's little friend!
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