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The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2 - Molly's tale begins, "Some children like cats. Some children like dogs. I like moose." After traveling to Alaska with her family to see these animals, the girl discovers that they are all vacationing in her own city. Back home, Molly overhears three young moose complaining about their aching feet and invites them to her apartment. They soon exhibit their exceptional housekeeping skills ("Monty was a great cook. Munroe was a fantastic washer-upper. Milligan and Monty were terrific at dryng laundry. And Munroe was wonderful at winding wool"). Inevitably, the animals get homesick and return to Alaska, but send their friend postcards and even drop in for a surprise appearance at her birthday party. On the last page, Molly changes her beginning statement to, "I love moose!" The textured oil paintings are done in cartoon style and reinforce the mood and action of the story. Children will love examining and discussing the humorously exaggerated pictures. With its broad and comical appeal, this original picture book is an excellent choice for individual or group readings. - Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
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About the Author
Fiona Robinson is a British-born and trained artist now living in Brooklyn, New York. She has been honoured by the Royal Academy of Arts, illustrated articles for The Wall Street Journal, and has had her work appear in several London galleries. This is her first book.
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When Molly's parents take her to Alaska to see some moose, she can't find anything but....a goose! The goose say the moose are on vacation in the city: "And Mr. Goose was right. My moose were in the city-our city! Hundreds and thousands of moose!" They're walking into the natural history museum, buying postcards, shopping, and eating at fine restaurants! Within just six pages, Fiona Robinson establishes an imaginative, witty, lively story, that is is so appealingly zany that you want to believe it. Molly takes three moose (or is that mooses?) home: Monty...Munroe...Milligan..." They complain a bit and they snore, but they also play a wicked game of broom hockey, are whizzes in the kitchen, and use their antlers in many helpful ways (winding wool and drying clothes among them).. Robinson depicts all this in large, big-hearted, whimsical pictures, and writes a fun, surprise last section in which the moose-who had heard the call of the wild and returned home-- drop by (via parachute) for Molly's birthday party. She LOVES moose, and you and your young audience will love this witty, enchanting moose-capade.
These moose - Monty, Munroe and Milligan - are the two-legged variety, a comedic trio sauntering around on hoofs that look and perform like tap shoes. Their antlers are as large as they are multi-functional (you may never look at spaghetti the same way again). My sons, ages 6 and 4, giggled a lot as we read this bedtime story. The silliness was so addictive that my sons imagined other activities the moose could complete with their antlers during subsequent readings.
This is a fun, imaginative book perfect for bedtime reading; we rate it five stars.