A persistent young boy tries everything he can think of to attract a moose, but it isn't until he is forced to do nuthin that he is successful.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis silly, rhyming cumulative tale describes a boy bent on spotting a moose. His strategies include riding a bicycle built for two, in the hopes that a moose will join him (he attracts a goose instead), and dressing up in moose drag--with red lipstick, stilts and a moose hide--to lure a male moose. After getting snagged by his own moose trap, he's forced to heed the words of several hortatory adults and "do nuthin' "--and subsequently spies an entire moose family. Rhyming couplets describe the action, followed by a refrain that piles up sound effects and encapsulates the unruly events, from "Bonkity-bonk--A bike built for deuce/ Honkity-honk--A pedaling goose" to the "Pausity-pause--A bull, calf, and cow/ Gawkity-gawz--A wonderous wow." While the plot here doesn't have the urgency of Plourd's hilarious Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud, children at the younger end of the target age range will enjoy chiming in with the onomatopoeic noises in each refrain. Sollers makes his children's book debut with appropriately lighthearted and freely rendered cartoon illustrations. The boy bears a resemblance to Dennis the Menace, with a horizontal slash under his eyes to contour his face and seemingly boundless energy. Ages 8-10. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-This story follows a boy's dogged efforts to find a moose while the adults he encounters repeatedly tell him that the best method is to "do nuthin." Finally, when he finds himself hanging upside down in a snare he intended for the animal, he relaxes and decides to "do nuthin," as advised. Only then is he rewarded with the wondrous sight of a grazing moose family. Words such as "deuce," "lure," "noose," "sashayed," and "swayed" used in the forced rhyming text may not be comprehensible to young children. While the book uses repetition and onomatopoeic words that youngsters usually enjoy, the slight plot is unsatisfying. The watercolor illustrations are adequate but not winning enough to overcome the textual flaws.-Jackie Hechtkopf, University of Maryland, College Park Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
- Down East Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.35(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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I'm a Mainer born and bred and I've seen my share of moose, but always when I didn't try too hard. Active moose searching never works. That's the case in this story of a boy who heads north to see moose of course. He tries many zany things to see a moose including dressing up like a girl moose with stilts, a hide, and lipstick! All the adults in the story advise the boy to stop trying so hard and 'do nuthin' & then maybe he'll see a moose. When the boy gets caught in his own snare, he's forced to do nuthin & he finally sees a whole moose family. A fun extra feature of this book is that there are hidden moose throughout the book for kids to spy! Also there's a growing fun chorus for kids to join in with--Bonkity-bonk--a bike built for deuce/Honkity-honk--a pedaling goose/Arooooity-roo--a boy who sashayed/ Moooooity-moo--a bull who was swayed . . . I hope you enjoy this book & may you always find your moose!