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Imogene's Antlers

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,161 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
David Small's dryly comic story of a little girl who wakes one morning to discover she has grown antlers has delighted children since it was first published 15 years ago. Now reissued in a sparkling oversize format, this classic is ready for a whole new audience.
The family doctor, the school principal, and even Imogene's know-it-all brother, Norman, fail to resolve her dil
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Crown Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Maggie Stiefvater
I know this is far from a new book, but it's not a bit dated. I remembered reading and loving the humorous and charmingly illustrated story when I was a new reader, and now, twenty-two years later, my four-year-old has decided it's her new favorite book. Just a touch of the extraordinary presented in a very matter-of-fact, non-scary way.

***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodread
What a blast from the past!! I saw this off on the side of recommendations, but I hadn't thought about it in years. I need a re-read for a proper rating and review, but I do remember this fondly.
Today was the first time I'd ever read this book (and the second and third too). The boys thought is was "so funny". For some reason they think fainting is the height of humor and thought it was hilarious that the mom faints three times in the book. The illustrations are fantastic and the story is fun. They had a great time making up all the things that would happen to her in the following days. The best one was "nacho ears with salsa dripping from them....but it would hurt if someone tried to e ...more
David Schaafsma
Mar 29, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I read Small's affectingly sad memoir Stitches and had never read any of his children's illustrated books so when this one caught my eye at the library I thought I'd take a closer look at it and bring it home for the kids. This is my kind of kid book, with an edge to it, quirky, strange. A girl wakes up in the morning with elk antlers. What problems does that cause? Made me think of Sweet Tooth, that Jeff Lemire dystopian comic series, where the main kid has antlers… the comparison ends there, t ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
Mar 31, 2011 Cheryl Rainfield rated it it was amazing
Looking for a funny, laugh-out-loud picture book? Check out Imogene’s Antlers by David Small. It is SO funny, and has beautiful illustrations! It’s written and illustrated by David Small.

The story goes into fantasy–a little girl, Imogene, wakes up one morning with antlers. At first she encounters some problems (getting dressed, getting out the door), but then she also discovers some fun–hanging donuts off the antlers, feeding birds that way, having her mother faint. Imogene clearly enjoys her ne
Valentin Eni
Jan 17, 2015 Valentin Eni rated it really liked it
Mi-a fost interesant felul în care Imogene, o fetiță de vreo 10 ani, a reacționat la faptul că i-au crescut peste noapte ditamai coarne de cerb. A acceptat acest lucru ca pe o glumă, sau o aventură. Ca și metamorfoza de la sfârșit. Faza cu "going trough a door now took some thinking" e tare. De fapt, cu excepţia mamei care mereu leşină şi a directorului de şcoală care a privit urât, toată lumea din jur pare curioasă sau amuzată.
Wonderful having Kiersten read this one. And the idea...I loved it.

5/11/10 & 5/13/10 This was a PERFECT read for preschool storytime. I don't know how I'd forgotten it before now. It was excellent on Tue. because the length and story were better choices than the other 2 I had picked. Thu. group was rather low-key, but I think they still liked seeing this girl with antlers.

4/11/12 My opener of "That's Silly" theme, this definitely set the tone. I tend to have a younger preschool crowd, so som
Dec 20, 2009 Agnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
In this quirky tale a girl wakes up one morning with antlers, the doctor and the principle are called to advise, her mother faints repeatedly, and her brother declares her a “miniature elk.” The antlers become quite useful as drying racks and candleholders. A huge hat is custom made to cover up the antlers but fails to meet the approval of mother. All is well the next morning as the antlers are gone but wait there’s a new surprise. David Small illustrates this tale in soft warm shades but with v ...more
Paul  Hankins
I found a lovely 1985 edition of this book without any markings or damages whatsoever. Those who follow Mr. Hankins know that he is a huge David Small fan, and when David talked about his book in the new documentary, LIBRARY OF THE EARLY MIND, I jumped at the chance to find this book.

Imogene awakes one morning to find that she has grown antlers on her head. The members of her extended family all have various responses. . .and ultimately, creative solutions to Imogene's new head gear.

Nicole Tuttle
Feb 18, 2012 Nicole Tuttle rated it liked it
Shelves: lauren, read-in-2012
Lauren's Review:

I read Imogene's Antlers by David Small on February 5, 2012.

1. What was your favorite part of this book?

When Imogene fed the birds with the doughnuts stacked on her antlers!

2. Was this book funny, sad, silly, or boring?

It was a fun book.

3. Who was your favorite character?

Imogene, the girl who had the antlers grow out of her head.

4. Would you tell your best friend to read this book?

She should.
Dec 15, 2014 Helaina rated it really liked it
Imogene's Antlers is a comical fantasy story that starts off with a girl, Imogene, who finds that she has sprouted antlers on her head. She consults a doctor, principal, and her family but they offer no solutions. She has a hard time getting some tasks done such as putting clothes on but its very entertaining in the book when she ends up finding fun ways to use her antlers. For example, she sticks donuts on her antlers to feed the birds. Essentially, Imogene accepts her fate but has another uniq ...more
Annie Baucke
This book would be great to use in a kindergarten classroom for a number of reasons. The first reason involves the simple sentences that the author uses. Not only are they short, they also include vocabulary that students in this age group could easily comprehend. Another reason covers the author’s creatively humorous drawings that readers of all ages can enjoy. At this age level, reading can be difficult for many children. With the detailed pictures, children can visualize what the words are sa ...more
Antoinette Evans
Apr 20, 2015 Antoinette Evans rated it liked it
This is a fun, humorous, and well-illustrated book about a girl named Imogene who wakes up to find that she has grown antlers. Due to her antlers, everyday jobs become quite a challenge for her. This is a great story to teach about differences in individuals and how you shouldn't take those differences for granted. This is a very magical and inspiring story with quirky adventures that children would really enjoy.
Although this book is considered to be a classic, I personally believe that every ch
Daniele Merrick
Apr 30, 2014 Daniele Merrick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book used to be one of my favorite books as a child, and that is not an understatement. It is about a girl who wakes up with antlers and she has to learn to cope with them because they might be there forever. My favorite thing about this book is that it is never outdated and I could read it over and over again. The main character, Imogene, is such a nice girl and she seems so happy throughout the entire book. Not only do you see such great characters with awesome personalities, but the trou ...more
Mar 01, 2008 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Those antlers are amazing. And Imogene keeps such a great attitude--I love the way she feeds the birds. I just wish I could ask David Small if her name should be pronounced Ima-jean or Ihm-o-jean. I don't know why, it just bugs me not knowing. I called her "Ihm-o-jean" forever and ever, and then I heard someone else read it the other way. Does anyone know David Small personally? Would you ask him for me?
April Fusilier
Jun 27, 2014 April Fusilier rated it really liked it
Shelves: text-set
Imogene’s Antlers is a funny story about a girl who wakes up one morning with antlers on her head! Alarmed, a few of her family and friends try to solve her problem but fail miserably. After some difficulties doing daily tasks with her new antlers, Imogene finds fun, helpful ways of using her new appendages. The next morning, Imogene’s antlers were gone. Her family rejoiced. However, a peacock’s tale was in its place!
I really liked her attitude throughout this hilarious book. She made the best
Nov 30, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very funny story about a little girl who grows antlers. The narrative is simple and the illustrations are great. It has an old fashioned feel to it, which makes sense because it was written in 1945. Our youngest listened to this book read on audiocassette in the car four times straight and loved it.
Apr 24, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
This book is fresh and creative. The author brilliantly addresses this issue of accepting people for who they are through his humorous story. Her mother cannot accept the fact that Imogene has antlers on her head and tries to change Imogene’s appearance by covering her antlers with a hat. Imogene doesn't seem to mind her antlers and neither do the chef and maid who work in Imogene’s house. They find her antlers to be helpful and interesting. The two contrasting reactions to Imogene’s odd appeara ...more
Jared White
I really enjoyed this book. Typically I don't like books that are strictly silly but I liked this one a lot. I suppose it's because the variety of ways the characters deal with the appearance of Imogene's antlers. Imogene just takes it in due course, there's a few things she has to change, like how she gets dressed and goes through the door, but she just goes with the flow. Her father and grandfather, after the initial shock, just take it in stride and accept her antlers and all. Her little brot ...more
Edward Sullivan
Sep 08, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Been a long time since I last read this one. Reissued for 25th anniversary of publication.
Aug 11, 2012 Theresa rated it liked it
a funny story about a little girl who learns to be careful what she wishes for
Sara Jones
Mar 25, 2010 Sara Jones rated it really liked it
The surprise ending really did it for me. Kind of like "Bark, George."
Frances Wittman
Oct 13, 2015 Frances Wittman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Author David Small published a graphic memoir in 2009 titled Stitches. This graphic work, written for a more adult audience caught my attention. A National Book Award finalist, this is a heart-wrenching memoir about family and acceptance. Each character in his family is broken, and it is from this landscape that Small must come to terms with himself. This book so intrigued me that I picked up one of Small’s children’s books, Imogene’s Antlers. Although published more than fifteen years ago, this ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
What a strange story. As I began this book I had the faint feeling that I had read it before, which might be possible since it is an older book.

This was written in 1985 but it seems older than that. Who uses the term milliner?

This short simple book is great for a storytime, children will find the antlers hilarious and you can engage them with questions like what they would do if they woke up with antler or what animal body part they would like to have (eagle's wings, monkey's tail).

Overall, a ve
Sep 15, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because its ridiculous plot teaches a valuable lesson, which makes both the story and its theme more memorable for all who read it. Imogene's Antlers has a simple message: everyone is different, but even the things that people think are "weird" about you can be useful. If Imogene can use her antlers to help out around the house, then children can learn to be proud of the traits that make them unique and can positively impact themselves and others. The illustrations in this bo ...more
A fantasy of how does Imogene cope with the antlers that have grown on her head overnight. The illustrations of Imogene in the kitchen with the kitchen maid and the cook are terrific as one sees kitchen towels and donuts on the antlers. The kitchen maid and cook are priceless illustrations. One of the solutions to the antler problem is to call the milliner and one can learn what a milliner does from the illustrations. I read an original 1985 release.
Jenny Clark
Sep 23, 2015 Jenny Clark rated it it was amazing
Gosh I forgot all about this book till I saw it on here! I loved it when I was little and would read it over and over and insist it be my bedtime story till my mom got tired of it and insisted I had to pick a different book, more so I could read something differsnt and so learn new words (we would switch back and forth every page). I remember the maid putting donuts on her antlers and her being a bird feeder, those were my favarite parts.
Jer Fairall
Nov 20, 2014 Jer Fairall rated it really liked it
Comic, lighthearted exploration of difference via a fantastic premise. Most refreshing is that the protagonist is not upset or embarrassed by her unusual feature, but rather is delighted by the opportunity to put herself to various creative uses. Identifiably British though both its dry humour and its class consciousness: Imogene's "antlers" upset her upper-class mother and disapproving teacher as much as they amuse the family's servants.
Traci Bold
Aug 19, 2015 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
What would you do if you woke up one morning with antlers on your head? Would you cry, throw a temper tantrum, faint or make the best of it?

This is the delightful story of Imogene who does indeed wake up with antlers on her head. Problem solving is eventful for Imogene.

Written and illustrated by David Small and published by Crown Publishers, IMOGENE'S ANTLERS will make you smile, laugh but hopefully, not faint.
Julia Brumfield
Apr 11, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it liked it
Shelves: children, book
This is one book that I remember as a child upon reading and it did catch my imagination. I love how it describes what Imogene would do and what her life would be like if she woke up with antlers one morning although some of the things looking back upon it could be possible damaging to the antlers as a result.

This is one story that would be fun to read and share with children then ask them what they may end up doing if they woke up with antlers or a pouch or whatever.
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David Small is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, a Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award for his picture books, which include Imogene's Antlers, The Gardener, and So, You Want to Be President? He lives in Mendon, Michigan.
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