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Imogene's Antlers

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  4,312 ratings  ·  151 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...more
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...more
Heather
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
Cheryl Rainfield
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...more
Heidi
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...more
Agnes
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.

Whimsical...more
Nicole Tuttle
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.
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
Daniele Merrick
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
babyhippoface
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
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...more
Dolly
Nov 30, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Allison Henckel
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
Edward Sullivan
Been a long time since I last read this one. Reissued for 25th anniversary of publication.
Theresa
a funny story about a little girl who learns to be careful what she wishes for
Julie
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
Janet
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.
Emily
Love, love, love this ridiculous little book! Imogene wakes up one day to discover she now has antlers, and not inconspicuous ones. It's a great exercise in imagination; just how would your life be affected by the sudden appearance of obnoxiously large antlers? How would you get dressed? How would you get through the doorway? What useful tasks could you complete with antlers? And watch out for the chandelier! The next morning the antlers are gone, but Imogene isn't quite back to normal... The il...more
Amy Musser
When Imogene wakes up on Thursday she finds she has grown a set of antlers. Although Imogene has some difficulty getting dressed and down to breakfast she is more intrigued than worried. Her poor mother takes it hardest and faints. Despite their best efforts, neither the doctor nor the school principal can figure out what’s wrong with Imogene. Although this makes her mother faint again, the rest of her family and their household staff find her antlers quite useful. Imogene falls asleep that nigh...more
Joanne G.
One day, Imogene wakes up sporting large antlers. She handles the situation with aplomb, but it's rather trying for her mother. It's a quick-reading book that tells a complete story in few words. The illustrations are charming, and the ending is a nice twist.
Caitlin Cronin
This book is about a young girl who wakes up one morning with antlers. She has difficulty performing daily tasks, and when the doctor examines her, he can't find anything wrong. She goes through the day with her antlers and when she wakes up the next morning her antlers are gone. And when she walks into the kitchen, her family is overjoyed. Then they see the peacock tail she now has. I really liked this book. It is an easy read for young children. Out of 5 stars, I gave this book a 4. I feel lik...more
Rosa Cline
This was a silly book.... about a little girl waking up to have antlers on her head and her family trying to adjust to it. I personally didn't like it and my 2 year old granddaughter didn't much care for it either. She did enjoy the illustrations.
K.
Imogene's Antlers is a story that I loved as a little girl. It is themed on the 'what if' you woke up one morning and had antlers? While it scares her mother, Imogene finds fun way to make use of her new growth.
Ashley
Small, David. Imogene's Antlers. New York: Crown, 1985. Print.

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Imogene's Antlers is a story about a little girl who wakes up one morning and notices she has grown a pair of antlers upon her head. Imogene is very fond of her antlers but her mother is less enthused. The illustrations in this book are wonderfully done, using soft but vibrant colors. This book would appeal to children because it is light and funny. However, the author utilizes this cute story to convey a...more
Anna
Aug 08, 2013 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children of all ages
Shelves: childrens
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Lumi / Otso
got this at the library and lumi loved it. it's an engaging little story and we could do a lot of "why do you think she said this?" discussion about it.
Amy
Jun 06, 2014 Amy marked it as picture-books-read  ·  review of another edition
Fantastical without being weird. We loved this one. Full review here: http://sunlitpages.blogspot.com/2014/...
Jamie
My all-time favorite children's book. I remember Mom reading it over and over. I couldn't get enough Imogene! Such fond memories...
Melanie
Imogene wakes up one morning and has antlers! She manages pretty well, figuring out how to move around with antlers. However, her family has a bit of a harder time getting used to her knew look; especially her mother. Her mother faints on multiple occasions. Imogene finds that having antlers can be very useful. For example, she can feed the birds donuts that are hanging on her antlers.

Eventually the milliner is called to construct a hat that will cover Imogene's antlers. The end product is quite...more
Ms. B
Quirky story with a with a twist at the end. Kind of like First Day Jitters.
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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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