Moose Crossing


Moose is amazed when he sees a sign by the side of the road that says ?Moose Crossing.? He must be very important to have his own sign, although his best friend, Hildy, doesn?t agree. When tourists arrive, hoping to catch sight of him, Moose finds he can?t go anywhere without being recognized. Suddenly his life isn?t as simple as it used to be. Maybe being famous isn?t all that great. How can he find a way to get rid of all those fans and get things back to the way they used to ...

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Moose is amazed when he sees a sign by the side of the road that says “Moose Crossing.” He must be very important to have his own sign, although his best friend, Hildy, doesn’t agree. When tourists arrive, hoping to catch sight of him, Moose finds he can’t go anywhere without being recognized. Suddenly his life isn’t as simple as it used to be. Maybe being famous isn’t all that great. How can he find a way to get rid of all those fans and get things back to the way they used to be?

Moose is excited when the sign "Moose Crossing" is put up, but he finds that tourists and fans can be exhausting.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Everyone wants to be a celebrity—until it happens. Moose is thrilled to see a Moose Crossing sign next to his house. "I must be very important," he says. His friend Hildy is not sure. But Moose feels important when the first car stops to watch him, and the second and third. But soon there are hundreds of cars. And Moose's enthusiasm turns to dread as he finds he cannot even walk into his yard without causing a commotion. Since he cannot simply remove the sign—that would be stealing—he turns to subterfuge, with comic results. Moose as a character is cute, and his dilemma is a good one for this age reader. There is tension, but no violence. And he takes responsibility for himself. All good things, but the readers may still have a hard time relating. Moose's self-awareness is a bit beyond that of the readers. For example, he tells Hildy that he is a prisoner of his own conceit—reasoning somehow that if he had not been excited about the sign the sign would not have been there. And he is concerned that his worry lines make him look old—something most second graders do not think about. That said, it is a decent early chapter book. The text is moves easily, and the pen and ink illustrations underscore the comic writing. 2005, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 4 to 8.
—Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In this second easy chapter book starring Moose and his pig friend, Moose is thrilled when he discovers his "own" new Moose Crossing sign by the side of the road. He is strutting back and forth and striking poses when Hildy arrives to ask him to go swimming. He declines, saying that he has to stay to watch over his sign and wait for his adoring fans. Angry that he does not realize that the sign is for all of the moose in the area, the pig storms away. When people arrive, Moose is ready to give free autographs, but they have other ideas. With screams that the animal might charge, babies wailing, and flashbulbs going off in all directions, he runs back to safety. A prisoner in his home for days as more and more fans stop by, Moose hopes everyone will leave. After he calls a truce with Hildy, she gives him a great idea that will send his fans away for good. Mathieu's black-and-white cartoon illustrations follow the humor of the text perfectly. Children will take pleasure in watching Moose realize that being famous is not as much fun as he thought.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When the "Moose Crossing" sign is posted, Moose learns that fame is not only fleeting, but it's downright annoying. At first, he is so taken by the sign that he's unable to leave the area, so excited is he by his self-importance. Even his best friend Hildy the Pig has trouble putting up with Moose's arrogant proclamations: "Fine. You shouldn't go swimming anyway. With a head as fat as yours, you'd probably sink." Moose greets his human guests warmly, offering autographs and photographs, but is soon shocked by the sheer number of visitors. Soon, he's a prisoner of his own fame, and he and Hildy have to make up and do some quick thinking. Though the accompanying pencil sketches are humorous, the story loses steam halfway through, making this middling fare for new readers. (Fiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469214979
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Moose & Hildy Series , #0
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 6 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Greene also wrote Moose and Hildy: Moose’s Big Idea. In addition, she is the author of the popular Owen Foote chapter-book series. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and son.

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