Chocolate Moose


Chocolate Moose loves chocolate almost as much as he loves to help. When this BIG moose starts helping in Mrs. Mouse's LITTLE kitchen, the only thing he cooks up is a huge chocolate mess! But Mrs. Mouse's four little mice don't mind at all-could this messy baker make the perfect babysitter?

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Chocolate Moose loves chocolate almost as much as he loves to help. When this BIG moose starts helping in Mrs. Mouse's LITTLE kitchen, the only thing he cooks up is a huge chocolate mess! But Mrs. Mouse's four little mice don't mind at all-could this messy baker make the perfect babysitter?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Filled with chocolate goodies and a sweet sentimentality, Kneen's story stars a large moose who is hired at the bakery of a tiny mouse family after he misreads a sign that says "Wanted: One Mouse." Looking as cuddly as a giant stuffed animal, Moose squeezes through the door of Mrs. Mouse's bakery—"Squish, squiggle, squeak!"—and chaos ensues. Moose eats chocolate when Mrs. Mouse isn't looking, makes oversize sandwiches for her little ones ("Mice have only very small teeth, you know," she tells him), spills pancake batter everywhere, and knocks chocolate chip cookies off the shelf—frustrating Mrs. Mouse but delighting her fussy children. Kneen's (Little Snow Goose) illustrations exude a cozy brand of slapstick humor, and the book's conflict is resolved when Mrs. Mouse decides to have Moose babysit so she can handle the bakery herself. The detailed, soft artwork and palette create a gentle counterpart to the plainspoken text, which is enclosed in complementary pastel borders. Both text and art provide a loving model of a working mother who makes sure her little ones are cared for with a "Cuddle, nuzzle, snuggle." Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—After misreading a help-wanted sign, a moose who loves chocolate begins working in Mrs. Mouse's small bakery. Despite his earnest efforts, he eats, breaks, or spills more in the tiny kitchen than he bakes. However, because he entertains and calms Mrs. Mouse's many babies, this "Chocolate Moose" finds a new job as bakery babysitter and still receives chocolaty treats. The muted color palette and texture in the watercolor and ink illustrations depict the disasters of a cuddly moose, which are in contrast to the efficient actions of Mrs. Mouse in her clean, white apron. The static cover art shows nothing of Moose's kitchen mishaps or babysitting talents. Although enjoyable and cozy, neither text nor art makes this an essential purchase.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
Kirkus Reviews

A chocoholic moose misreads "mouse" on a help-wanted sign and ends up working at Mrs. Mouse's bakery. A moose in a mouse-sized bakery is as welcome as a bull in a china shop, though. Moose continually makes messes and mistakes; incredibly, Mrs. Mouse is endlessly patient and is as clever as she is diplomatic, finally finding a solution by putting Moose to work as a babysitter. Despite the use of colorful onomatopoeia ("Slurp, gulp, burp!") and overall silliness, the story is essentially bland and the illustrations confusing. The soft colors and lines give many things a charming, cuddly quality—in fact, Moose is portrayed as a stuffed toy—but the mice are all drawn realistically (in anthropomorphized, Beatrix Potter fashion). His sandwiches for the children are big enough for a moose yet he's using equipment and supplies that are as tiny as mice. All his disasters are due to being oversized, but he somehow settles in a chair that is just right. The sweet message of friendship and sugary illustrations cannot overcome the book's basic illogic. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422020
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,330,583
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Kneen has illustrated several books for children, including The Twelve Days of Christmas (Dutton). She lives in Cheshire, England.

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