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Z Is for Moose
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Z Is for Moose is a truly original alphabet book that shows Moose getting upset when the makers of the book choose to put a mouse on the M page instead of him. He rampages through the rest of the book, even taking a crayon to the R and S pages, crossing out "ring" and "snake" and writing in his own name instead, and adding antlers to the ring and the snake. It's fresh, funny, and silly and may help kids remember the alphabet.
What's the story?
What starts out as a typical alphabet book ("A is for Apple," "B is for Ball") explodes into hysterical mayhem when scene-stealing Moose muscles in on Duck's page to make it D is for Moose, then gets booted off by Zebra, the stage manager/referee with a clipboard. Moose keeps butting in too early; then, when it's finally the M page, he finds that in this book, M is for Mouse, and he goes nuts -- stomping on the pie on the P page, upsetting the queen on the Q page -- and tries to worm his way onto every other letter's page until finally giving up in tears on the xylophone. But then kind Zebra offers him a spot on the last page: "Z is for Zebra's friend, Moose."
Is it any good?
This is the most original alphabet book in years. It has great characters, wonderful comic illustrations by Caldecott Medal and multiple Caldecott Honor winner Paul O. Zelinsky, and a wild, funny, and engaging storyline. Kids will love Moose's relentless butting in on familiar pages like "K is for Kangaroo" -- when he shows up in the mama kangaroo's pouch!
There's even a gag with the cover: Lift up the book jacket, and you'll find the "original" cover with the title "Z Is for Zebra" -- before Moose covered up "Zebra" with "Moose."
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