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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (Stories to Go!) Paperback – January 6, 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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About the Author

Fred Gwynne, best known as the television star of The Munsters, was also the author-illustrator of many children's books, including his classic books of humorous homonyms.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Stories to Go!
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2002
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The English language is all [messed] up. Foreigners recognize that immediately, but it takes we Americans much longer to realize that. Of course, with all the goofy rules and exceptions in English, it can be quite fun to speak it. No more is this more apparent than with homonyms (words that sound the same but have different meanings). Kids love homonyms, and used in an imaginative context can help children gain an appreciation for language. With that in mind, A CHOCOLATE MOOSE FOR DINNER is a delightful book. The sayings and the illustrations that accompany those phrases are a joy to read and usually get several laughs from children. A few of the phrases (shoe tree, and the rowing allusions) maybe a bit unfamiliar to modern audiences. Nevertheless, those terms add to the book rather than detract. Children love this book and it is sure to be a winner in alomst any home.
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I loved this book. On each page there is a literal picture of phrases such as "drives me up the wall" and "fish tackle". Wonderful illustratons. Perfect for the beginning reader.
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I took a graduate class this summer in which we had a guest speaker who taught first grade. She was explaining something new in education called "Edible Education." She first read this book to our class of adults. She held our attention as if we were little ones. Then we had some real chocolate mousse. I'm a teacher of French and will use this book to show students how odd our own language is. Then we'll have some real chocolate mousse. I truly adore this book and know that it will be a favorite for my children some day.
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Along with the King that Rained, our youngest loves these books. Maybe its because the artwork by Fred Gwynne ( Frankenstein in the Munsters) is superb. She is too young to get many of the puns. Thats ok, once I explained it to her she got it. Now every time we read it she recites why the pun is funny. It has helped her come up with her own puns. This was not an expected outcome of purchasing this book, but we love it!

Thanks Fred for leaving us with more than a character on TV.

Overall a fun book to read at bedtime.

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I love this book. I am a kindergarten teacher. The students in my class wanted me to read this book over and over again. I recommend this book to classroom teachers and moms. It is a funny story and the illustrations are amazing! I found it funny that "Herman Munster", Fred Gwynne wrote this story.
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Beware if you are looking for an educational book on idioms. This book illustrates a "chocolate moose" but never explains the mousse. It shows a "Man on the Lamb" but never explains lam. It illustrates an amusing picture of "undertoe" but fails to explain undertow. You may want to buy the book and complete each page with the accurate description like I did!
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I purchased this book and The King Who Rained together. I first bought them when my children were very young and they came out. I keep a library of good children's books on hand for all my grandchildren to read and to borrow, since I do not use a television, and my grandchildren do not have television either. Thus, the literature I have on hand for when they visit is very important. A Chocolate Moose for Dinner has been a favorite of my children and grandchildren throughout the years. It is beautifully illustrated, extraordinarily clever, and teaches children the meaning of the word "colloquialisms". This book is a replacement for my old, chewed up, dog-eared ones. With 21 grandchildren, it gets quite a workout. What a fantastic book and great legacy for Fred Gwynne to have left behind. I can't recommend this book enough. It may have been written for children, but it's a real enjoyment for adults too! You'll love it.
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A very entertaining book full of lively, figurative language and illustrations! A good book to introduce young children to details and literal meanings in a humorous setting. An excellent book for middle and upper elementary ages for descriptive, figurative language as well as literal meanings and context.
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