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Mooseltoe Paperback – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Scholasatic Inc (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439330408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439330404
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This charming verse story, told in a singsong rhythm, stars a moose who is determined that his family's Christmas will be "perfectly perfect." Moose "shopped till he dropped. Check," and "baked tons of tins of cookies. Check,"--but in his haste he completely forgets to buy a Christmas tree. After a long, fruitless search in the snow on Christmas Eve, he finally has to do the heroic thing: stand in a corner and become the tree himself. The crayon illustrations by Henry Cole make much of Moose's endless handlebar "moostache." The rhymes may be rather forced for some tastes--"The kids tried to make the best of it. They said 'Oh so who needs a tree?' But Moose could plainly see they were short on the glee." But perhaps that's all just part of the amoosement value. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 3-6. The moose with the amazing mustache, last seen in Moostache (1997), is getting ready for Christmas, and he's totally organized. Baking cookies, check; sending holiday cards, check; buying gifts, check, check, check. It doesn't become apparent until Christmas Eve that one important job has been left undone: there's no Christmas tree! So Moose makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family--he lets them hang tinsel and ornaments from his long mustache, wrap lights around his antlers, and stick a star on the top of his head. The telling is amusing but odd: in the middle of the story the words start to rhyme, though the text continues to be set down on the page as prose. Consequently, librarians will want to practice before reading this aloud to a group or they're sure to stumble. The cartoon-style watercolors, however, reminiscent of Lynn Munsinger's work, are both boisterous and droll. They're especially amusing whenever Moose and his moustache come into view. The dust jacket, featuring a bedecked, bemused Moose, will draw children into the story. Ilene Cooper
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on December 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mr Moose is back with his amazing and unrivaled handlebar "moosetache" to help us get ready for the holidays. He wants Christmas to be "perfectly perfect" for his family and so he's armed with his checklist to make getting ready easy and simple. First he writes and addresses all his cards, check. Then he shops 'til he drops, check. Then he wraps and ribbons, bakes and cooks and even roasts the chestnuts, check check check. And on and on, decorating and singing and checking off his list. On the night before Christmas he hangs the stockings, just so and calls his family in to see that everything is "perfectly perfect". But his kids notice a BIG problem...he forgot the Christmas tree. Off Mr Moose goes in search of a tree, any tree, but he's out of luck. There just aren't any trees left. As he comes home empty handed, he has a very clever idea to solve his problem and before you know it Mr Moose and his moosetache are decorated and standing in the corner, waiting for Santa. Margie Palatini has written an imaginative, amusing story that will charm and delight youngsters from 3-7. Her rhyming text and Henry Cole's bold, colorful and very expressive illustrations will have your little ones giggling, as they enjoy watching Mr Moose get ready for Christmas. This is a picture book filled with holiday joy and cheer and a wonderful addition to your home library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with Moostache first. When I read Mooseltoe I was hooked again! My daughter is 3 and has already asked me to read it over and over. I even volunteered to read it to her class and it kept the attention of almost 10 2-3 yr olds! I have ordered 5 copies of this book(so far)to give as gifts this year. I promise you will love this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caron Lynn Miller on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing Christmas book! If there was only one Christmas book I could recommend to you, it would be this hilarious book. The 2nd class that I read this book to was laughing the whole time and joined in when it was time to say "perfectly perfect". As a teacher, you know that your students love a book when they can join along and read parts of the story with you. I love reading this book and I know you will as well. I agree with the other reviews, this book is very well written. But let's not forget about the terrific illustrations that will spark the children's interests. This will be a holiday story that will humor hearts of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on November 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book appealed to both my 5 & 7 year old. It was fun & well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Escape the frantic pace of the holidays by sitting down with your child and reading about it in this book. Margie Palatini's wild, rhyming writing style will keep kids entertained. They may recognize their parents' yuletide behaviour in Moose's manic preparations -- and his inevitable forgetting of a key Christmas element. The moral of the story is a tribute to those who will do anything to make everything just right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN 0439330408 - As I try to start in on the pile of Easter books in the corner, a few Christmas books pop up and I can't wait another 9 months to read them. Mooseltoe makes me very glad that I didn't!

Mr. Moose is determined to have a perfectly perfect Christmas. He does, and over-does, everything just right, from shopping to baking and from writing cards to decking the halls. On Christmas Eve, as the family appreciates his efforts, they notice one glaring problem: they have no tree! A frantic search of the whole town turns up no tree for his family, but Mr. Moose has an excellent - and funny! - solution.

Author Margie Palatini, sometimes in rhyme and sometimes not, manages to create a frantic feel to the pace Mr. Moose sets for his holiday preparations without making the story unreadable. The style reminds me, quite a bit, of The Grinch. The illustrations, by Henry Cole are excellent - the fun he must have had with that mustache! I like Mr. Moose so much that I now have to go get myself a copy of Moosetache.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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Had this books years ago but lost it, It was that good and my daughter loved it so much that I decided to order another.
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My kids thought the book was hilarious and wanted me to read it every day leading up to Christmas break. We had a sequencing activity to go with it. Eight events from the story were on Christmas ornaments and they had to put them in order and hang them on Moose's antlers to decorate him. Great templates online at Teachers Pay Teachers and other sites. I made posterboard templates for them to trace on construction paper, die cut yellow stars for the top of his head, had Christmas lights for them to color as well, and some sequins. Then they got to cut long brown "moostaches" out of yarn and add it to his nose. They LOVED the activity and did great on the sequencing. Other online resources I found included a setting/character/problem/resolution web and some other things. Can't wait to do it again next year!
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