The Truth about Cousin Ernie's Head

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Sure, there's turkey when this family comes together at Thanksgiving, but mostly the holiday is just a chance for everyone to bicker like crazy! Matthew McElligott combines hilarious drawings with computer generated "movie" clips to give his off-beat story a unique look. Full color.

A colorful family's Thanksgiving arguments are ended by the viewing of an old home movie, which seems to leave no topics for further discussion.

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Author NY 1996 PictoriaI Boards First Printing About Fine. No Dj Square Small 4to A very funny tale in which an argument ensues at the Thanksgiving gathering of a "colorful" ... family that is finally settled when someone finds an old home movie. Brightly color illustrated by this author of amusing children's books w/just a tad of rubs to the lower corners. OUT OF PRINT. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Sure, there's turkey when this family comes together at Thanksgiving, but mostly the holiday is just a chance for everyone to bicker like crazy! Matthew McElligott combines hilarious drawings with computer generated "movie" clips to give his off-beat story a unique look. Full color.

A colorful family's Thanksgiving arguments are ended by the viewing of an old home movie, which seems to leave no topics for further discussion.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Traditionally, holidays are a time for loved ones to get together... and argue. In this quirky tale, McElligott's first, a boy rolls his eyes at his relatives' Thanksgiving Day disagreement about who stole his father's hat so many years ago, and whether it was an airplane or a buzzard that fell on Cousin Ernie's head. Tired of the shouting, the boy investigates his grandmother's attic and discovers an old home movie. There, in black-and-white, are the solutions to all of the family mysteries: "The unicycle bandit stole my dad's hat [and it] was Mrs. Halusa and her casserole that landed on Cousin Ernie's head." As a cartoonist, McElligott needs a bit of polish. His grimacing characters have thick features, his colored-pencil shading is uneven and his watercolors, from flesh tones to garish aqua and orange, are densely applied. Yet he takes an inventive approach to his illustrations. He supplements the full-color caricatures with duotone digital prints of the "movie," showing real people in silly situations. The tale itself, though, with its "aren't adults silly?" subject matter, may not have enough staying power to hold kids' interest. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This is one of those books that tries hard to be offbeat and charming and almost makes it. The narrator, a young boy, is on his way to a Thanksgiving celebration with his large family. As soon as they get together, they start arguing over wacky events of long ago-nobody can agree on what really happened. Seeking peace and quiet in the attic, the boy finds an old reel of film. Every one of the disputed events is recorded on this film and, after watching it, suddenly the relatives have nothing to talk about. Luckily, they all forget about the film by the next gathering. The quirky events and their resolution will amuse kids. In contrast to all the other illustrations, which are bright watercolors, the film being projected is shown as actual black-and-white photographs. The idea is appealing, even though the text tries too hard to be funny.-JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The sole child in this story is the unnamed narrator who dreads Thanksgiving with his combative relatives. Uncle Klaus flies in from Bangladesh (in a balloon); Aunt Helen and Uncle Max ride a bicycle "down from Alaska." They bicker and argue over details of old family stories such as whether an airplane, a buzzard, or "Mrs. Halusa and her casserole" once fell on Cousin Ernie's head. When the narrator finds a home movie full of evidence that settles all the arguments, the holiday takes a sad turn, ending abruptly. The next year, the boy and his grandmother dislike the continuing silence enough to pretend to lose the film, launching the controversies anew. McElligott's first book shows his taste for the wacky and the absurd, which children have been known to like, but winds it through a silly story about adults. The mixed media artwork, too, shows promise; the kitchen-sink inclusion of visual asides demonstrates the artist's energy and enthusiasm, but doesn't add up to a funny whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689801792
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.55 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew McElligott
Matthew McElligott

MATTHEW McELLIGOTT is the author of several books for children, including The Lion's Share, Absolutely Not, and Backbeard and the Birthday Suit. He teaches at Sage College and also visits elementary schools around the country. He lives in New York.

www.mattmcelligott.com

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