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Looking for a Moose
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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.

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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.
—Booklist

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.
—Publishers Weekly

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.
—Kirkus Reviews

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.
-Booklist

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.
-Publishers Weekly

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.
-Kirkus Reviews

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