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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142410667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142410660
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–When a beautiful moose is captured by the dastardly trapper Steel McSteal, a boy moose who worships her from afar vows to rescue her and bring her back to the wild Canadian woods. But how can a moose travel all the way from Canada to New York City and not be discovered? The shy animal seeks the advice of his friend Owl McFowl, who suggests that he take an invisibility potion so that he can search the streets of Manhattan without disruption. After many amusing escapades, the hero eventually finds the object of his affection and, with the help of a second bottle of invisibility potion, they start the long journey home, together and in love. The text and the watercolor illustrations are loaded with humorous touches and quirky details that will keep readers entertained for long periods.–Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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PreS-Gr. 2. In a Canadian forest, a shy moose with oddly curved antlers loves a beautiful moose from afar. Their first conversation, though, is tragically interrupted by an animal trapper, who captures the beauty and takes her away. The he-moose spots the truck's New York City license plates and vows to rescue his beloved. He visits the forest's mad scientist, an owl who equips him with travel directions and an invisibility potion that enables him to pass unseen across the U.S. border and on to New York, where his search takes him through the city's landmarks. At last, in a seedy alley, he locates his darling's captors, and after sharing the potion, the two invisible animals slip away. Haseley's far-fetched tale doesn't maintain a smooth momentum through the journey from forest to an owl's laboratory to the booming city. But Kellogg's delightful pencil-and-paint illustrations of the see-through moose pull the story's elements together. They greatly amplify the silliness, magic, and sweet romance, while the sparkling, snowy scenes make this a good choice for winter read-alouds. Gillian Engberg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Such a moose you have never seen. After being struck by a falling tree his antlers "twisted upward like twin question marks." Leave it to popular illustrator Steven Kellogg to capture him in full-page full-color smile provoking paintings. Of course, having his portrait painted probably doesn't interest this young moose very much because he is in love with the most beautiful moose in the forest.

He's far too shy to approach her. At last, he gathers his courage but has only said a few words when Steel McSteal, wild animal trapper, came careening into the woods and captured the beautiful moose in his big net and carried her off.

All of the moose, including the bashful moose, run after Steel to try to rescue her but when they reach the edge of the woods they hear gun shots - hunting season. They can go no further, but the bashful moose squints his eyes and manages to read "New York City" on Steel's license plate. Of course, the bashful moose has no earthly idea where that is. All he knows is that he must find the one he loves.

As it happens, Professor McFowl (a wise old owl) has perfected a serum that will make things invisible, which would enable the bashful moose to go out of the woods without being shot by the hunters. There are two slight problems: Professor McFowl isn't sure how to make things visible again and directions to New York City are a bit vague: "Make a right at Quebec, and follow the water."

Youngsters will delight in the adventures of the bashful moose as he sets out to find his one true love. As they say, love conquers all and so does moose in love.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
A moose suffered a devastating accident of being struck by a tree when his antlers were forming resulting in them now being shaped like question marks. Like all the male moose in the area he wants to mate with the most beautiful female moose in all of Canada. Since his horns are deformed, not only does he constantly receive ridicule from the other animals with taunts such as "You want to ask me something?", but he also cannot display that he is the worthy moose to breed with her by fighting and smashing antlers together the way the other males of his species do. For a long while this moose has just spied on her from afar, and over time rationalises to himself that he is not interested in her due to her beauty but instead the goodness inside her (she releases other animals from traps etc). One day (the first day of winter) the other males are far enough away so he decides he has nothing to loose and will try that pick up line on her and see what happens but her smile throws him and he can only utter a stupid line of "Nice Weather". Before he can pull himself mentally together and use the pick up line a tremendous noise shatters the moment. A trapper on a huge machine that knocks down trees in its way emerges, sees the female moose, captures her and drives off. The shy moose reads the words New York City on the number plate and sets off to find the wise old owl to tell him what it means.

He learns of the city of New York across the border but is warned he will be shot and killed long before reaching the city and even if he can somehow make it there alive he will not be able to wander the streets searching for the female moose as it'll be down to animal control for him. Luckily however the owl has also invented an invisibility potion so the moose decides he will go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily C. Green on December 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy this book! I read it for my Children's Literature class. At first I wasn't sure where the story was going but I found it really quite cute and enjoyable. Who knew that an invisible moose would go so far out of his way to rescue the beautiful moose. I love who this isn't a tradition love story but one of how a moose who was afraid of being liked goes so far out of his way to do the right thing. I really recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KACRJ on August 10, 2013
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This is a fun kid's book. We've enjoyed many Steven Kellogg books, but we hadn't seen this one. It's always fun to find funny details that are hidden in the drawings.
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