What About Moose?

SCHWARTZ, Corey Rosen & . What About Moose? illus. by Keika Yamaguchi. 40p. S. & S./Atheneum. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481404969. ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781481404976. LC 2013041941.
K-Gr 2—As the woodland creatures gather to build a tree house, bossy Moose arrives and takes over as foreman, barking orders and causing discontent. The other animals repeatedly ask him why he isn't helping with the physical labor, but he only replies that being in charge is the hardest job. A rhyming, playful story ends on a happy note, after Moose gets stuck in a sticky situation and the other animals use teamwork to rescue him. The colorful images are soft and playful, with craftily illustrated angst-ridden faces of the forest animals. Moose's commands are depicted in red as they blast through his megaphone. The pages are at times busy, but that only adds to the frantic and overwhelming feel of the story. The vocabulary is heavy at times, with caulking and dictator appearing among the many potentially unfamiliar words. But this offers a great opportunity to build some early literacy skills, along with the singsong rhyming text.
VERDICT The life lesson of sharing and being polite are important ones, making this story a good read for most children.

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