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Looking for a Moose

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by Phyllis Root, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)

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An ear-tickling, eye-teasing romp for little listeners, led by an award-winning author and illustrator

Do you really, really want to see a moose — a long-leggy moose — a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose? Spurred by Phyllis Root's sing-songy text and Randy Cecil's buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through woods


An ear-tickling, eye-teasing romp for little listeners, led by an award-winning author and illustrator

Do you really, really want to see a moose — a long-leggy moose — a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose? Spurred by Phyllis Root's sing-songy text and Randy Cecil's buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through woods, swamps, bushes, and hills is just as fun as the final surprise discovery of moose en masse. Children will laugh at the running visual joke — what is that little dog looking at? — and ask for repeated reads of this satisfying tale.

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Publishers Weekly
With an infectious assertion "We've never, ever, ever, ever, ever seen a moose. And we really, really, really, really want to see a moose" four children go in search of the elusive beast. As the quartet pokes in the woods, wades in swamps and peers in the bushes, Root (Big Momma Makes the World) takes ample opportunity for rhythmic wordplay: "We scrape through the bushes scritch scratch! scritch scratch! the brambly-ambly, bunchy-scrunchy, scrubby-shrubby bushes." The search finally takes them to a rocky hillside, where a whole passel of comically deadpan moose await ("We've never, ever, ever seen so many moose!"). The payoff isn't entirely satisfying, however, because author and illustrator do not seem entirely in sync. Cecil's (My Father the Dog) stubby-legged, potato-faced moose-seekers are cute and comically intent, but the expressionistic landscapes, with their subtly mottled textures and muted palette of greens and browns, put a visual damper on the silly proceedings. Still, children should enjoy seeing the diminutive cast confidently scrambling over hill and dale, and sharp-eyed readers will get a kick out of spotting various clues (e.g., skinny tree trunks with hooves) that the moose have actually been following the party all along. Age 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
Join four children as they romp through the woods in search of "a long?leggy, branchy?antler, dinner?diving moose." The singsong text throughout the book is reminiscent of the popular story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. This would make a fun read aloud for story hour and when reading one-on-one. Children can search the illustrations for different animals in the woods, along with the moose body parts which are hidden in most of the illustrations. The textured, oil illustrations are done in warm, fall colors, and the onomatopoeia words are in a font that reflects their sounds. The multicultural group of children becomes frustrated as they stomp and wade through the forest and swamp to catch a glimpse of a moose. Finally, as they climb up the rocky hillside, they hear a strange noise and spot their first moose and then realize there is a whole herd of moose below them.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Four intrepid youngsters set out to find a moose-a "long-leggy-branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose." They've never seen one, but they know what to look for. Their investigations take them through the woods, into the swamp, behind the bushes, and up a rocky hillside before finally reaching their goal. In the end, they find not one moose, but more than they ever imagined. Root's minimalist story bears a strong resemblance to "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," but without the breathless backtracking that makes reading that tale so much fun. The text here is not strict rhyming, but there is a singsong effect that borders on annoying baby-speak, such as when the children climb the "rocky-blocky, lumpy-bumpy, fuzzy-muzzy hillside." Cecil's illustrations, done in oil, have a fuzzy-muzzy look of their own, with evident brushstrokes and earthy, woodsy shades of green, brown, and gray. The perspective of the pictures, leading readers' eyes down, at times gives the impression that the children are themselves being watched by the moose. An animal is in fact hidden in each picture, although many youngsters will need help to spot it. Because of the seek-and-find layout, the book will work better one-to-one than with a group.-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this energetic frolic replete with onomatopoeic language, four friends put on their hats and boots and go off in search of a moose, because they want to see one. Through woods, swamp and brush, the boys and girls wade, hike, stomp, scrape and look as hard as they can. There just aren't any moose about . . . or are there? (Careful viewers will notice the stray antler and muzzle that appear throughout the illustrations, unbeknownst to our heroes.) When the children decide to explore a hillside, they scramble up to the top, where they are surprised by a resonant moose cry. Finally, they have come to the right place-there are many moose to be seen! The interactive nature of the story is very effective, and children will thoroughly enjoy pointing out the moose and other smaller animals that periodically appear. Inventive and appealing illustrations depict these four multiracial moose hunters as they intently search, and the buoyant, rhymed text makes for a stellar read-aloud. An excellent addition to any collection. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Candlewick Press
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8.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
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3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of more than thirty books for children, including ONE DUCK STUCK, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, and the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award-winning BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling AND HERE'S TO YOU! by David Elliott, WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS! by David Martin, and MY FATHER THE DOG by Elizabeth Bluemle. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Looking for a Moose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lornamarga More than 1 year ago
As I was reading this to my two year old, I was already picturing it as a wonderful read aloud for my first graders. Then I was imagining a group of students performing it in reader's theater. Great read with wonderful adjectives. My two year old loves this book and I know older students will as well!
Hasyle More than 1 year ago
I've been reading this book to 600 Preschool students for 2 yrs and I never get tired of it! I make noises to go with the reading and I get the kids to join me in the parts that repeat, NOW WHAT!". Every time I read this book, and on one day this school year I read it to 12 different classes, I get the same reaction from the students and I only enjoy the story more. I've given it to my granddaughters for a gift and my best friend to read to her preschool classes. It is a great read, wonderful pictures and a sure fire crowd pleaser!