This Is a Moose

by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld

Silliness abounds as a frustrated, unseen film director wrangles with a cast of creatures... read more

Silliness abounds as a frustrated, unseen film director wrangles with a cast of creatures who seem intent on contradicting everything scripted about the subject of his movie. “This is the mighty moose,” the film’s voiceover begins. Yes, yes it is. But the moose being filmed wants to be an astronaut. His grandmother plays lacrosse. And then there’s the giraffe with dreams of being a doctor and couldn’t care less that he doesn’t belong in the north woods. Once the moose launches himself into space the director has a meltdown. “This is a film about moose! Moose drinking from lakes. Moose eating leaves. Moose doing moose things.” He calls for animals willing to behave as nature intended, like … him? “Oh,” he says as a turn of the page reveals without further comment who — or rather what — he is. Ducks have dreams too, it seems. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2015

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