Dutton Children's Books, 1989 ERNST
Reissued by Tricycle Press in 2002
New! ERNST in Spanish and English, published by Bab'l Books . Purchase here.
"What child or poet or artist could resist a story that starts 'Once upon a time,
in a world full of light, trees, bugs, seashells, birds, and night..."?
Busy little pictures sparkle, producing enchanted satisfaction....Older pre schoolers, particularly imaginative children, will love this book." -- School Library Journal
"Kleven imagines an entire universe filled with sparkling pictures and sweet affection. This small and beautiful book neatly reconciles the child's wishes with dreams fulfilled." -- Los Angeles Times
Plush Ernst toy by Kathe Kruse, available through The Play Store
Ernst in Korean, Japanese and Chinese:
Below is an unusual tribute to Ernst: a tattoo worn by Caitlyn Post, who kindly wrote "Thank you for creating a character my weird little childhood self loved so much I had to get a tattoo of him twenty-something years later. Ernst has and will always have a special place in my heart (and now, my skin as well) for his endless questions and fantastic imaginings, and I am so grateful for you bringing him to life and sharing him with the world."
And here are two quilts based on the same title page image from ERNST, created by mother-daughter quilters Halli Kenoyer (top) and Aairyn Maxwell
The birthday-cake-Ernst below was sent to me by the mother of
a little boy who had made friends with the character.
And here is one more Ernst tattoo. It's always a great surprise and honor to see my book characters connecting with the lives and imaginations of readers.