Friday, June 21, 2013
Z is for Moose
Author: Kelly Bingham
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 2012
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: Featured on "Calling Caldecott" blog, Publisher's Weekly Kirkus and Horn Book starred reviews,
Summary: Hilarious version of an alphabet book! Everything starts out well until Moose jumps onto the 'D' page. Zebra, acting as a director, is not impressed with Moose and sends him off to wait for his turn. He continues trying to get into all the pages in creative ways- under the ice cream, on the jam label, in kangaroo's pouch, until the M page comes. But wait! M is for Mouse? Moose is mad and starts destroying the book until Zebra comes up with a compromise. This adorable book made me laugh out loud several times!
Classroom Ideas: Smaller readers would love correctly identifying the pages that Moose has ruined. With older kids, this could serve as a mentor text or start a discussion about problem solving and compromise.