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The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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Benjamin Elliott
Mar 31, 2016 Benjamin Elliott rated it liked it
A look at the narrator's family, who is supposed to come across as quirky because they are always arguing about strange things like whether cousin Ernie was hit by a buzzard or a neighbor lady holding a casserole. When the boy finds a home movie reel that answers all those old questions, the family doesn't know what to talk about anymore.
Which is sad, when you think about it. Here's it's played for laughs, but it doesn't really work for me.
Nov 24, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
This strange little thanksgiving tale is not typical fodder about the runaway turkey but instead about the family relationships. A message in this book for adult readers, no doubt. Finding a family film causes discomfort as all the usual family bickering ceases when the truths are revealed. Interesting.
Nov 20, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
A very cute story to talk about how families sometimes argue and have a difference opinion on how things happen. We love our families the way they are, despite their flaws, and this book shows just that. I would recommend this book for younger children because of the humor about what happened to his head and the language.
Gene Kannenberg Jr
What a strange little book! Crazy family arguments are "settled" in an unusual way, with disastrous results. Some innovative visual storytelling (which I won't give away here) which adds to the fun. The library categorizes it as a Holiday book, because it takes place at Thanksgiving, but it's a good read for anytime.
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Matthew McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children including the Mad Scientist Academy series, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Backbeard the Pirate, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. His books have been published around the world in many languages on five continents. Recent awards include the 2012-13 Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award for The Lion’s Share and t ...more
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