Kids’ Quotes

“You taught me a big lesson to never give up no matter what and to not judge anyone or anything by the outside but in the inside.”
-Ashley, 4th Grade

“If you need a book that is not boring, get Ernest and the Big Itch because you can read it to all ages. It teaches a lesson that if someone has a problem, you should not make them leave. Instead, you should help them.”
-Anthony, 3rd Grade

“You came to my school. You talked about Ernest and Twist. I had a lot of fun. You signed my book! You are my favorite author in the whole universe. I love your books.”

“I read your book Teeny Tiny Ernest and really liked it. I am short also so it helped me know it doesn’t matter that I am short.”
-Ethan, Gutherie Center, IA

Ernest and the Big Itch is two thumbs up. It is a great book. My favorite part was when Chipper’s birdhouse started to shake. I like how Laura Barnes uses her own animals in her stories. I like how Chipper and Ernest worked together so Ernest could scratch his itch.”
-Aurora, 3rd Grade

“Ernest made new friends by helping and sharing also by being kind. I really think that’s how you make friends. [Ernest] teaches lessons is to be kind, help and share and you can make new friends.”
-Sydney, 3rd Grade

“I love Twist and Ernest! It’s my favorite book. Can you read it again?”
Maddie, age 8, Newtown, PA

“Ernest its great! You should never judge somebody by what they look like.”
-Dean, age 7, Morristown, NJ

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“I loved your book Twist and Ernest. It was fun, fun, fun, fun, fun to hear the book.”

“If you’re looking for a book for your kids, you should get Ernest and the Big Itch. My favorite part is when the birds think it’s an earthquake.”
-Devin, 3rd Grade

“When I’m student of the week and they ask me what my favorite book is, I’m going to say all the Ernest books.”
-Breanne, Newtown, PA

“I love all your books. They make me feel happy.”

“You opened me to a whole new series of books. I have loved your books ever since. My favorite book is Teeny Tiny Ernest because Ernest learns that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, but what is inside of you.”
-Olivia, 3rd Grade

“I like your books the most. They are very, very, very, very cool.”

“If you want a good book for your kids you should get Ernest and the Big Itch. This book has an important lesson. That lesson is to help people even if you didn’t want to. If you like to find things, this is the book for you because there is a ladybug on every page.”
-Alex, 3rd Grade

“I really enjoyed hearing the book Twist and Ernest from the author that made it. I really, really, really wish you could come back to visit us soon! I will always cherish Friday, March 17, 2000 because that was the day I finally met you. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I did.”
-Nina, 4th Grade, Colton, OR

“Thank you for coming to Penn Valley. We loved your books. We hope you come back.”
-Samantha, Levittown, PA

“My favorite character is Chipper. He is cool. Ernest and the Big Itch will be a big hit. I love all three books you made.”
-Sean, 3rd Grade

“Thank you for traveling all the way across the country to see us. You have a very kind heart. I had a great time with you and your book is very cute. I really liked Teeny Tiny Ernest. I learned that it really doesn’t matter what’s on the outside; it’s what’s on the inside and to keep trying and not give up. You are a great person.”
-Emily, Colton, OR

“I think that lots of people should read the book Ernest and the Big Itch. It is a very good book and you would love it if you were either a parent or child. It is funny in many ways.”
-Shannon, 3rd Grade

“Thank you so much for coming to visit our school. I enjoyed every minute of it. I think it is so neat that you can work on a book with kids and actually use kids’ ideas. You are one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life, but most of all, I am writing and thanking you because your book taught me a lesson, a lesson that told me not to judge people by their cover.”
-Alexandra, Colton, OR

“I like all your books. My favorite character is Ernest because he is funny and cute. He’s like a kid who could talk to the animals and he could help their problems.”
-Chad, 3rd Grade

“Thank you for reading to us. You are the best author in the world! I love your books.”

Ernest and the Big Itch teaches you compromise. It also has very good pictures. There are very good descriptive words.”
-Tyler, 3rd Grade

“Thank you for coming to our school. I had fun when you read the story to us. I think that you are nice and lovely in your heart and on the outside. I learned from Twist and Ernest not to judge anyone by their cover.”
-Tonya, 4th Grade, Colton, OR

“Ernest helped Chipper by giving him hay to clean up his birdhouse. I liked when they helped each other. I think [everyone] should read [Ernest and the BIG Itch] because it helps you learn.”
-Kristine, 3rd Grade

“I like your books very much! All the kids in my class do too!”

“My favorite book is Twist and Ernest. Thank you for taking your time to come to our school. Your books are more than terrific.”
-Dylan, 3rd Grade

“I’m excited that you’re introducing your new book to the world from our school. My favorite character is Twist. I like Twist because I love horses. I think you should put yourself in one of your books and maybe a dog.”
-Katelyn, 3rd Grade

“Thank you for coming to our school. I really enjoyed your visit. You are a fantastic author! Your books are the best!”

“Thank you for coming to our school. I love your books. They’re my favorites.”

“My favorite character is Ernest because he’s small, cute and goes ‘hee haw’.”
-Helen, 3rd Grade

“Thank you for coming to our school. Can you come again? Ernest is sooooooo cool.”

“I love your books. You’re a great writer. You have written really funny books.”

“My favorite book is Teeny Tiny Ernest and my favorite character is Ernest. Thanks for coming to our school.”
-Deanna, 3rd Grade

“Your books are more than terrific. Every time I look into one of your books, on almost every page I see a butterfly, a bee or a bluebird. I really liked all three books. Thanks for coming to our school.”
-R.J., 3rd Grade, Delaware Twp. School, NJ

Ernest and the Big Itch is a great story. The illustrations are magnificent. My favorite part was when he itches on a birdhouse. I think people should read this book.”
-Matt, 3rd Grade

“You should read Ernest and the Big Itch because it’s exciting and cool.”
-Ben, 3rd Grade

“Do you want your children to learn a lesson? Then Ernest and the Big Itch is for you! Your children learn that you should help people or things even when you might be mad at them. And it’s even like an I Spy book! Look for the ladybug.”
-Sonya, 3rd Grade

“I like Laura Barnes’ books because they’re easy to read and very interesting for kids. In every book you have to find an animal like a butterfly, a bee or a ladybug!”
-Kathleen, 3rd Grade

“You should read [Ernest and the BIG Itch] because it teaches you a lesson to compromise. The other lesson is to make friends.”
-Katelyn, 3rd Grade