Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
No matter how Moose braids, coils and nets his wiry "moosetache," he winds up with a hair don't. His Rapunzel-length locks snag his ankles, dangle from his antlers and sometimes obscure his face altogether. "Then, call it fate, call it destiny (it was probably dumb luck), but one day Moose tripped on his moosetache and just had no time to duck." He crashes into the female moose of his dreams, who teaches him to glue his 'stache into manageable twirls. In the suitably sappy finale, the moose twosome vows to stick together through "Good hair days. Bad hair days." The exact nuances of Palatini's (Piggie Pie!) wordplay might elude preschoolers, but the fun is unmistakable: "Moose was in a frizzy tizzy. The moosetache was completely crimping his style." She uses rhyme and alliteration without sticking to a predictable rhythm ("He simply could not flamb his souffl with all of those whiskers in the way"), and invents numerous knotty hair dilemmas. Cole (Four Fabulous Foxes and Fosdyke) exaggerates Moose's whiskers and aggrieved facial expressions; meanwhile, key words appear in bold font and sentences reel irrepressibly across the pages. The text and illustrations exude bouncy energy, but the pice de rsistance is on the back cover: a "My Moosetache" mirrored surface allows readers to see themselves with a furry handlebar mustache. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It's "punny" and its funny-a moose with a moosetache problem. Try as he might Moose just can't control his fabulous moosetache. He tries, braiding, twirling, clipping and curling, but nothing can tame those unruly hairs. Moose is close to despair, but one day he trips on his moosetache and bumped in Ms Moose. She had a bouffant hairdo that rivaled his moosetache. It was love and an overwhelming desire, to know how Ms. Moose controlled her hair. The secret is revealed and they lived happily ever after. The illustrations are hilarious, filled with visual puns, and a perfect match for this amusing story. Kids will love it, so be prepared to read it a few dozen times.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Moose has an unruly "moosetache" that interferes with his skiing, his cooking, and his dancing. Rather than cut it, he tries tying it and parting it untilin shades of Dr. Seuss's Thidwicka family of squirrels moves in. When he meets a female moose who has solved her own long hair problems with glue, it's a match made in heaven. The text is wordy and relies heavily on exclamations in assorted typefaces at different angles to create a sense of movement. Unfortunately, the busy cartoon illustrations don't convey the same liveliness. Not every moose can be Bullwinkle, but this moose isn't cute or funny, and his predicament gets old very quickly.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
There's hair everywhere in this book because Moose just doesn't know how to control his gigantic mustache. Palatini (Piggie Pie!, 1995) has concocted scores of inventive ways for Moose to manage his "moosetache"everything from wrapping it around his neck and hanging it from his antlers to braiding it. Each solution trips him up worse than the last until he meets his match, the superbly coiffed Ms. Moose who shares her hairstyling secretglue. They go wild, molding and tucking stupendous arrangements of hair, then skiing, cooking, and getting married with every hair in place. The playfulness between text and art make for a sophisticated romp; Cole creates hyperbolic spaghetti- like rivers of hair and bold bouffants. While kids will giggle at the absurdities, adults may raise an eyebrow at a scene of the couple's "hot" cooking. A riot.