A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers get a glimpse of some aspects of a film shoot and a bit of filming vocabulary, like using a clapper and saying "Take Two!" to start filming, yelling "Cut!" to stop, and "That's a wrap!" when shooting's finished. A jokey glossary at the back gives filming terms but defines them according to the animal characters in the book, such as "Camera Operator: A monkey who controls the camera."
Follow your dreams. You can be whatever you want to be. Don't let others define you or your limitations.
Positive Role Models
The moose is determined to follow his dream of being an astronaut and won't give up. His grandmother is strong and won't be intimidated by the director.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Richard T. Morris' This Is a Moose, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site), is a hilarious story of a movie shoot that turns to mayhem when the frustrated director, a duck, insists that his film subject, a moose, act like a moose. But the moose really wants to be an astronaut. All heck breaks loose as the moose's grandmother says she always wanted to be a lacrosse goalie, and a giraffe says he always wanted to be a doctor. The message is clear: Individuals should be able to follow their dreams, no matter what others think they should do, based on preconceived notions.
Is It Any Good?
THIS IS A MOOSE is a whole lot of silly with a wonderful message: Follow your dreams and don't let others define you and your limitations. With humor and wonderfully comic illustrations, kids get the idea that they can be whoever they want to be.
Illustrator Tom Lichtenheld showed in Steam Train, Dream Train how wonderfully he draws animals, and there's an impressive array here in the diverse film crew, not to mention the beret-wearing, megaphone-wielding duck director.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.