- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (January 31, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142410667
- ISBN-13: 978-0142410660
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Invisible Moose Paperback – January 31, 2008
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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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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. During his search the moose is able to learn much about humans such as their desire to eat moose (chocolate mousse). When he eventually finds the beautiful female moose the only way they can escape comes with the ultimate question. Does he really not care about her looks or was being interested in her due to her being a good moose inside all just a lie in his head?
I like how the story never gives these moose names making it more authentic as obviously moose wouldn't give each other names in the real world. Although it does give the owl one. It's an interesting story that also pays homage to H F Saint's Memoirs of an Invisible Man and the Chevy Chase 80's film of that book with the moose at one stage dressing in the bandages, sunglasses and a robe.
If you like invisible animal stories also check out Mem Fox's classic Possum Magic.Selby's Shemozzle is another invisible animal story this time with a dog.
If you want good fiction stories about being invisible, invisible men (or kids) the best two novels are Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H. F. Saint and Smoke by Donald E Westlake. These two books are adult fiction and maybe a bit above the reading level of some kids.
If junior fiction is all your looking for then the best of this genre are My Best Friend Is Invisible (Goosebumps) by R. L. Stine, You Are Invisible: CYOA #48 by Susan Saunders, The Invisible Day by Marthe Jocelyn, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, you can even get an illustrated version of H.G. Wells 1897 classic The Invisible Man (Great Illustrated Classics).
The illustrations are precious. This book has quickly become a family favorite that we read often. The story is sweet and sends a message of never giving up and overcoming odds for love.
Steel McSteal, the evil wild-animal trapper, is especially sickening, he "had a nasty look on his face, but he was also weeping because he knew how awful he was." Really? Come on. Both awful and weeping? The one-dimensional evil hunter is such an over-done cliche. We've all seen the bad hunters in Bambi. The weeping part, however, was just completely a non-sequitur. Explaining that to a young child would require pausing your reading for five minutes to explain psychology.
Finally, the overall message is a bit misguided, as well. The moose with the low self-esteem and misshapen antlers only finds happiness and love when he becomes...invisible. That's right. You are lovable if your odd body is not visible to everyone else. What a "wonderful" message.
I love a heart-warming children's story. This, however, is not one of them. Don't waste your time.