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Friday, January 16, 2015

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This Is A Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld is gut-bustingly funny.  I read this to several classes and they loved it.  It starts off as a film about a moose, but the moose doesn't seem to want to be a moose, he wants to be an astronaut.  And from there it just gets crazier.  It is so entertaining to read aloud with the director's voice, the narrator's voice, the different character's voices; I and the students really got into it. 
The illustrations were rendered in ink, colored pencil, and gouache with some digital enhancements.  I like how the end papers show a shadow of a real moose, but when we turn the page to the story the art is cartoon. There are several silly puns interspersed throughout the book.  The nurse bear taking care of a cut when the director yells 'CUT!', when the director insists that the moose do 'moose' things and one of them is pooping, and when the director says that all animals must do animal things, but he's a duck that is a film director.  The daffy antics were a hit with the classes I read to, so I highly recommend it for read alouds to Kindergarten to 2nd grade.

1 comment:

Tom Lichtenheld said...

Thank you for your thoughtful review of our book. You'll find lots of interesting backstory about the book at http://www.designofthepicturebook.com/tag/this-is-a-moose/