Sunday, June 5, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Too Many Moose!


You have to love any story that starts off with some serious research. Martha wants to get a pet, so she consults books on all sorts of animals. After careful consideration, she chooses a moose and buys one through mail order. They have so much fun after her moose arrives, that Martha orders more and more and more. The wide range of activities Martha and her moose enjoy is mind-boggling. They swim, they go to the movies, they get manicures, they have a luau, and on and on. But there really can be too much of a good thing. What will Martha do when things reach that point?

The rhyming text of the story is fun and the action is imaginative. The illustrations capture all the whimsy and humor. The first time we see a moose in the story it is being wheeled on a dolly by a mailman. The moose is wrapped in brown paper and has a "Fragile" sticker on its nose. But the visual fun doesn't stop there. Seeing the moose in nail polish or tropical print shirts, baking cupcakes and stacking them into a giant pyramid, or dancing around a tiki statue will have readers laughing out loud.

This will be a new favorite for children and parents who enjoy rhyming stories, especially since it has the recurring sentences, "The mailman delivered her new moose midday. She signed with an M and they all marched away." Even children who are too young to read on their own will recognize that every time they see Martha holding the clipboard, it is time to chime in with those words. It could also be used as part of a unit on pets with elementary students, placed with humorous animal stories such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, or read aloud to open a discussion on irregular nouns. Why don't we say "mooses" or even "meese"? It will be a sure hit however it is shared.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Check out the Activity Kit and Educator Guide, or the Virtual Moose Mart.

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