K-Gr 1-A family of Moogees, piglike yellow creatures with spots and rolled-under noses, is searching for a new house. A realtor takes them to see a series of possible homes: a blue, castlelike affair with eight chimneys and a yukie-yukie tree, a green one with a statue-lined driveway, and a third in the shape of a wedge of cheese. Mama and Papa Moogee's complaints are expressed in two-line rhymes. "Of course, this house will never do./I'm not particularly fond of blue." The children's response is always, "Waa waa moogee doogee wee wee low lum!" With trepidation, the realtor offers a fourth house that turns out to be perfect. And with the successful sale, he figures out that the children's chant means, "We'll be happy anywhere/as long as we've got our family there!" How he does that is never made clear. The illustrations are spare, done with markers and black outline on a white background. Although the point of family togetherness is made, there's nothing special here to carry the predictable story.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Leslie McGuirk is the author-illustrator of several books about Tucker the dog. She is also the illustrator and co-author, with Alex von Bidder, of Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Leslie McGuirk lives in Vero Beach, Florida.