This Is a Moose

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Lights! Camera! Moose!

MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose—he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.

His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like a lacrosse-playing grandma, a gigantic slingshot into space, and a flying, ...

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Lights! Camera! Moose!

MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose—he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.

His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like a lacrosse-playing grandma, a gigantic slingshot into space, and a flying, superhero chipmunk.

In this hilarious romp, Richard T. Morris and bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld remind us to dream big and, when we do, to aim for the moon.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Morris…gives This Is a Moose an unexpected and lively structure…Lichtenheld works with colored pencils, ink and gouache…creating woodland scenes popping with hand-lettered speech balloons, just right for reading aloud in silly voices…Lichtenheld is a master of texture: His fir trees look spiky; the duck's beret has the soft thickness of felt; and the blue sky, with delicate variations in color, has the opacity of a northern morning as the fog begins to lift. Compare this with the average digitally colored picture book and your eyes can almost feel the difference.
Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
Morris (Bye-Bye, Baby!) and Lichtenheld (Steam Train, Dream Train) preside over loud and cheerful mayhem as animal moviemakers try to film a serious moose documentary (“This is the mighty moose,” it opens) but are thwarted by a group of stars that refuse to be typecast. Their subject, wearing a homemade space helmet, announces that he wants to be an astronaut. In lipstick and pearls, Grandmother Moose says that she always wanted to be a lacrosse goalie: “Go ahead! Whip a shot in!” she challenges, “I’ll stiff you, sonny!” Defying the documentary project and its bossy, imperious director, the other woodland creatures (including a giraffe with medical aspirations) conspire to send the astronaut moose into space with an oversize rubber band: “SPROING!” Deadpan delivery, sharp timing, and Lichtenheld’s antic artwork all contribute to high-octane entertainment that also addresses defying expectations, not to mention gravity. Amid the fun, the punchline (the duck director’s realization that he isn’t acting any more “natural” than the moose is) offers an opportunity to discuss double standards. Ages 3–6. Author’s agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (May)
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"Morris gives This is a Moose an unexpected and lively structure. Lichtenheld is a master of texture: His fir trees look spiky; the duck's beret has the soft thickness of felt; and the blue sky, with delicate variations in color, has the opacity of northern morning as the fog begins to lift."—The New York Times

* "Morris' story is filled with child-friendly humor that is cleverly matched by Lichtenheld's comic ink, pencil and gouache paintings. The pair captures personality (lots of it), action and adventure, along with some old-fashioned filmmaking tropes... Certain to elicit gales of giggles. A humorous-make that hysterical-homage to movies and big dreams."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"Lichtenheld fills each page with serene nature scenes in soft, fuzzy earth tones. But with each interruption, things get downright goofy with chuckle-worthy background details, silly asides in speech bubbles, and hugely expressive fonts that crowd the pages and add a colorful touch of mania to the director's growing frustration. A rambunctious and hilarious story of embracing the unexpected."—Booklist (starred review)

* "The increasingly exasperated duck, deadpan animal characters, absurd situations, and disembodied narration recall an animated short with voiceover, and the dialogue-heavy text and plentiful humor make this excellent material for a rowdy readers' theater production."—The Bulletin (starred review)

"With text in bold type and hand-lettered speech bubbles, this title will find itself in the hands of beginning readers as well as those who are a little more advanced. Created in ink, colored pencil, and gouache, the full-color, often full-page illustrations are hilarious, and Lictenheld's attention to detail will have kids scouring every page. The message to break down stereotypes and push past social constraints is clear but isn't delivered in a sappy, predictable manner. A perfect vehicle to introduce such topics in a safe and engaging way, this fun picture book be appreciated by students, teachers, librarians, and parents alike."—School Library Journal

"Morris (Bye-Bye, Baby!) and Lichtenheld (Steam Train, Dream Train) preside over loud and cheerful mayhem...Deadpan delivery, sharp timing, and Lichtenheld's antic artwork all contribute to high-octane entertainment that also addresses defying expectations, not to mention gravity."—Publishers Weekly

"Clever dialogue and illustrations entertain and could also be used for discussion or writing about what students think they are expected to be and what they desire."—Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Susan R. Shaffner
Lights! Camera! Action! This Is a Moose is about making a nature movie, but the star, a burly moose, will not cooperate. He does not want to live in the woods, but rather wants to be an astronaut. The director is informing him how a natural moose should behave when Moose’s grandma tells everyone that she wanted to be a lacrosse goalie. The director becomes more and more frustrated as other animals try to launch Moose into space, and finally loses control and yells, “Will somebody please find me an animal that acts like it is supposed to!!!” At this point he realizes that he, himself, is a duck. In the end, they all go to the moon to make the moose movie. The text fonts are interestingly varied and Lichtenheld’s illustrations are hilarious. The comic timing is reminiscent of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. Morris’s book is a great example of irony and is perfect to explain filmmaking terms. It includes a glossary as funny as the text. This would be a great book to develop oral expression and could be adapted as a readers’ theater. Reviewer: Susan R. Shaffner; Ages 5 to 10.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Moose is the subject of a film, but the director is not happy with his performance. Moose's ideas of "moosehood" do not match the traditional expectations of the script, frustrating Billy Waddler to no end. Moose wants to be an astronaut and is well on his way to achieving his goal. With the support of his lacrosse goalie grandmother and his giraffe friend, an aspiring doctor, Moose just may do it and stretch the perspective of one enlightened movie director. With text in bold type and hand-lettered speech bubbles, this title will find itself in the hands of beginning readers as well as those who are a little more advanced. Created in ink, colored pencil, and gouache, the full-color, often full-page illustrations are hilarious, and Lictenheld's attention to detail will have kids scouring every page. The message to break down stereotypes and push past social constraints is clear but isn't delivered in a sappy, predictable manner. A perfect vehicle to introduce such topics in a safe and engaging way, this fun picture book be appreciated by students, teachers, librarians, and parents alike.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-03
Moose is steadfastly determined to achieve stardom amid the stars. The "Mighty Moose" is the subject of a nature film—or so the director intends. The moose, however, has donned a space suit and persists in his intention to be an astronaut through multiple takes. His lacrosse-playing grandmother intrudes on the set as does a giraffe (the "Regal Giraffe"). Moose don't play lacrosse, and giraffes belong in a safari film, according to the increasingly irate director. Grandmother, giraffe and assorted friends nonetheless launch the moose into space, allowing him to leave his natural habitat far behind. Director Waddler, evoking the spirits of Billy Wilder, Daffy Duck and Mo Willems' Pigeon, finally gets the picture and resets and retitles his film as This Is an Astronaut. Morris' story is filled with child-friendly humor that is cleverly matched by Lichtenheld's comic ink, pencil and gouache paintings. The pair captures personality (lots of it), action and adventure, along with some old-fashioned filmmaking tropes. The blues and browns of the background craftily evoke both a natural and astral setting, while the literally colorful text, both typeset and hand-lettered, could adorn any traditional production set (or playground). And for a witty final touch, there is a Glossary of Filmmaking Terms. Certain to elicit gales of giggles. A humorous—make that hysterical—homage to movies and big dreams. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316213608
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 62,043
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

In researching this book, Richard T. Morris lived for two years among a herd of wild moose in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where he survived on roots and- cut! Sorry. He made this whole story up. Richard is actually the author of Bye-Bye, Baby! (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2009). He is also a regular contributor to Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer's Spilling Ink creative writing blog. He lives in New Jersey with his family.

As a child, Tom Lichtenheld wanted to be a clown when he grew up. But when he found out that being a clown required riding around in a tiny car with a bunch of other clowns, he decided to become a children's book illustrator instead. Tom is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About? and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Shark vs. Train, which was a Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year. His other bestsellers include Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Exclamation Mark, and Duck! Rabbit! He lives in Illinois with his wife. He invites you to visit his website at www.tomlichtenheld.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Morris and Lichtenheld team up to provide a wonderful story with

    Morris and Lichtenheld team up to provide a wonderful story with hilarious illustrations. Great for every kid in your home.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Cute, but the potty humor wasn't necessary

    I got this book for my 6 year old grandson who loves many of the Read to Me books. I never did locate any "play" feature in this book, but that was not a real issue. What was troubling is a segment of the book where the author talks about what moose really do (instead of being astronauts)... like eat leaves, swim in the lake... and unnecessarily, in my opinion, a moose pooping in the woods, complete with sound effects. Six year old boys delight in potty humor, but it is something I am trying to discourage.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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