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Children's LiteratureEveryone 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