imogene’s antlers + antler accessories

9780517562420Imogene’s Antlers  by David Small (first published in 1985).

 

Famous Imogene who wakes up with antlers on her head one morning!

 

Interestingly, Imogene’s name might remind a reader of imagination. But I like to think this story is true (fiction-true anyway).

 

 

 

 

 

Imogene doesn’t seem disturbed to have a strange new attribute. It’s her fussy family who objects. Who wants to fix her transformation. Who wants cover it up. (Who faints a few times.)

 

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When I asked David Small via email how he got the idea for the book, he said:

 

“Imogene, C’est Moi …  

a strange kid born into a family

who wanted no truck with his strangeness.”

—David Small

 

Isn’t he the best? I for one relate to that. Lots of kids, surely they do. All kinds of kids.

 

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And you know who in Imogene’s world isn’t flabbergasted by Imogene’s antlers? Mrs. Perkins and Lucy. They go with the flow and find a few good uses for those new accessories.

 

 

 

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I love this spread, with the candles on Imogene’s antlers. Her brother, too, seems to be pretty cool about the whole antlers thing. NBD, he might say today.

 

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And that perfect reveal at the end of the book. Imogene wakes up the next day without antlers, but, um, feathers on her rump! The preceding page gives a subtle, clever hint.

(And have I mentioned how hilarious this book is? Or the animal references throughout? Just on the spread above there’s a koala, bunny, frog, giraffe. Not to mention the tabby cat and happy hound who grace so many pages.)

The reader knows Imogene’s family’s not going to welcome a peacock-girl into the family. But resilient, different, charming Imogene—she’ll be just fine.

For two picture books that follow in Imogene’s footsteps, check out A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon and For Just One Day by Laura Leuck, illustrated by Marc Boutavant.

 

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Alright. Antlers—let’s do this! Or how to be a deer for a day and wear your difference right there on your head.

This video!!

Imogene’s Antlers from The Barkers on Vimeo.

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This amazing photo project, “The Peculiar Case of Avery’s Antlers” by Lauren Athalia.

 

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Deer Girl Doll by Gideon and Brisby.

 

4 DIY Reindeer Antler Horns Headband Christmas craft

 

 

DIY Antler Headband from Pink Stripey Socks

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Knit deer antler cap from Tiny Owl Knits Patterns.

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This antlered pair.

 

To antlers, to difference, to Imogene!

 

10 Responses to imogene’s antlers + antler accessories

  1. This lovely post makes me adore Imogene even more!

  2. Leslie says:

    🙂 Lovely post and great corresponding crafts. I’m going to keep my eyes open for this book the next time we’re at the library.

  3. This is a favorite book at our school library! I adore Imogene! I usually sprout antlers around Christmas time.

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  6. Bonnie Eng says:

    OMG the donuts! And what are those in the illustration, bagels!? This is so funny…looks like a truly cool book! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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