- Paperback: 28 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc; First Scholastic Printing edition (November 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439330408
- ISBN-13: 978-0439330404
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mooseltoe Paperback – November, 2001
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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.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Writer Margie Palatini teamed with illustrator Henry Cole to produce a near perfect picture book for the small ones. The drawings supplement the story, we have the daddy moose engaged in all sorts of activity and we see him doing it-in his pajamas! Oh my.
The talented pair produced their story book under the Scholastic imprint. We will find Mooseltoe in schools and library's. It should be found in the private collections of regular people who love children and books for children.
This one is a keeper.
This is a great read for young children. My 10 year old laughs at it, but it is more geared toward children 8 and under, although enjoyable for any age.