As my daughter and I were planning her third birthday party, she decided what she really wanted was a pinata. OK, no problem, I said. Then she clarified: a moose pinata. Really? What on earth could have given her that idea? Then it hit me: that new book we got last week. That one we have been reading every day. That one that has the big picture of a moose proudly posing on the cover, what was it called? Oh yeah—This Is A Moose. The power of suggestion, I guess. Time to whip up some papier maché.
The premise of This Is A Moose is simple: bring a film crew deep into the woods and make a documentary about the mighty moose. But as it turns out, this particular moose is not interested in doing 'moose things'. He wants to be an astronaut. And it just so happens that his grandmother has always dreamed of being a lacrosse goalie. And for some reason, there is a giraffe hanging around who wants nothing more than to be a doctor. As you can imagine, the documentary does not go quite as planned.
Richard Morris' writing is witty and expressive. It is great fun to witness the whole fiasco through the eyes, and apoplectic utterances, of the director as he becomes increasingly unhinged. The artwork of Tom Lichtenheld is bold and boisterous. The use of two page spreads lets him expand on the text while sneaking in bits of extra clever detail.
Reading This Is A Moose is like finding the best Saturday morning cartoons of my youth captured on paper. I give it two hooves up!
Title: This Is A Moose
Author: Richard T. Morris
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2014)
Age group: Two to six
Best for kids who: love forest animals, astronauts, and documentary films
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This Is A Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
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