A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A playful look at learning the alphabet and the corresponding words that go -- or don't go -- with each letter.
While it's not OK to throw temper tantrums and butt in, you can understand how disappointed Moose feels at being left out. Zebra shows compassion, understanding, and kindness by helping Moose find a place in the book after all.
Positive Role Models
Zebra, the stage manager/referee, tries to maintain order but shows compassion when he lets Moose share his page at the end of the book.
Violence & Scariness
Moose throws a temper tantrum after he's left off the M page ("We decided to go with a mouse this time," says the calm Zebra stage manager/referee, holding his clipboard), stomps on a piece of pie on the P page, and knocks over the queen on the Q page.
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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.
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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