Phyllis Root is the author of more than thirty books for
children, including One Duck Stuck, Oliver Finds His
Way, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning Big
Momma Makes the World. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including the New York Times best-selling And Here's to You!by David Elliott, We've All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, and My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle. He lives in Houston, Texas.
PreS-Gr 1-Four intrepid youngsters set out to find a moose-a "long-leggy-branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose." They've never seen one, but they know what to look for. Their investigations take them through the woods, into the swamp, behind the bushes, and up a rocky hillside before finally reaching their goal. In the end, they find not one moose, but more than they ever imagined. Root's minimalist story bears a strong resemblance to "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," but without the breathless backtracking that makes reading that tale so much fun. The text here is not strict rhyming, but there is a singsong effect that borders on annoying baby-speak, such as when the children climb the "rocky-blocky, lumpy-bumpy, fuzzy-muzzy hillside." Cecil's illustrations, done in oil, have a fuzzy-muzzy look of their own, with evident brushstrokes and earthy, woodsy shades of green, brown, and gray. The perspective of the pictures, leading readers' eyes down, at times gives the impression that the children are themselves being watched by the moose. An animal is in fact hidden in each picture, although many youngsters will need help to spot it. Because of the seek-and-find layout, the book will work better one-to-one than with a group.-Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
With an infectious assertion "We've never, ever, ever, ever, ever seen a moose. And we really, really, really, really want to see a moose" four children go in search of the elusive beast. As the quartet pokes in the woods, wades in swamps and peers in the bushes, Root (Big Momma Makes the World) takes ample opportunity for rhythmic wordplay: "We scrape through the bushes scritch scratch! scritch scratch! the brambly-ambly, bunchy-scrunchy, scrubby-shrubby bushes." The search finally takes them to a rocky hillside, where a whole passel of comically deadpan moose await ("We've never, ever, ever seen so many moose!"). The payoff isn't entirely satisfying, however, because author and illustrator do not seem entirely in sync. Cecil's (My Father the Dog) stubby-legged, potato-faced moose-seekers are cute and comically intent, but the expressionistic landscapes, with their subtly mottled textures and muted palette of greens and browns, put a visual damper on the silly proceedings. Still, children should enjoy seeing the diminutive cast confidently scrambling over hill and dale, and sharp-eyed readers will get a kick out of spotting various clues (e.g., skinny tree trunks with hooves) that the moose have actually been following the party all along. Age 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Root's jaunty wordplay and Cecil's textured, hide-and-seek
illustrations make this an engaging romp that will be fun to share
with one child or many.
With an infectious assertion-"We've never, ever, ever, ever, ever seen a moose. And we really, really, really, really want to see a moose"-four children go in search of the elusive beast...Children should enjoy seeing the diminutive cast confidently scrambling over hill and dale, and sharp-eyed readers will get a kick out of spotting various clues (e.g., skinny tree trunks with hooves) that the moose have actually been following the party all along.
Inventive and appealing illustrations depict these four multiracial moose hunters as they intently search, and the buoyant, rhymed text makes for a stellar read-aloud. An excellent addition to any collection.