A hilarious picture book about a family of moose on a movie set who refuse to be typecast, from #1 New York Times bestselling artist Tom Lichtenheld!
In researching this book, Richard T. Morris lived for two years among a herd of wild moose in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where he survived on roots and- cut! Sorry. He made this whole story up. Richard is actually the author of Bye-Bye, Baby! (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2009). He is also a regular contributor to Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer's Spilling Ink creative writing blog. He lives in New Jersey with his family.As a child, Tom Lichtenheld wanted to be a clown when he grew up. But when he found out that being a clown required riding around in a tiny car with a bunch of other clowns, he decided to become a children's book illustrator instead. Tom is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Shark vs. Train, which was a Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year. His other bestsellers include Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Exclamation Mark, and Duck! Rabbit! He lives in Illinois with his wife. He invites you to visit his website at www.tomlichtenheld.com.
* "Morris' story is filled with child-friendly humor that is
cleverly matched by Lichtenheld's comic ink, pencil and gouache
paintings. The pair captures personality (lots of it), action and
adventure, along with some old-fashioned filmmaking tropes...
Certain to elicit gales of giggles. A humorous-make that
hysterical-homage to movies and big dreams."--Kirkus Reviews
* "The increasingly exasperated duck, deadpan animal characters, absurd situations, and disembodied narration recall an animated short with voiceover, and the dialogue-heavy text and plentiful humor make this excellent material for a rowdy readers' theater production."--The Bulletin (starred review)
"Morris (Bye-Bye, Baby!) and Lichtenheld (Steam Train, Dream Train) preside over loud and cheerful mayhem...Deadpan delivery, sharp timing, and Lichtenheld's antic artwork all contribute to high-octane entertainment that also addresses defying expectations, not to mention gravity."--Publishers Weekly
"Morris gives This is a Moose an unexpected and lively structure. Lichtenheld is a master of texture: His fir trees look spiky; the duck's beret has the soft thickness of felt; and the blue sky, with delicate variations in color, has the opacity of northern morning as the fog begins to lift."--The New York Times
*"Lichtenheld fills each page with serene nature scenes in soft, fuzzy earth tones. But with each interruption, things get downright goofy with chuckle-worthy background details, silly asides in speech bubbles, and hugely expressive fonts that crowd the pages and add a colorful touch of mania to the director's growing frustration. A rambunctious and hilarious story of embracing the unexpected."--Booklist (starred review)
"With text in bold type and hand-lettered speech bubbles, this title will find itself in the hands of beginning readers as well as those who are a little more advanced. Created in ink, colored pencil, and gouache, the full-color, often full-page illustrations are hilarious, and Lictenheld's attention to detail will have kids scouring every page. The message to break down stereotypes and push past social constraints is clear but isn't delivered in a sappy, predictable manner. A perfect vehicle to introduce such topics in a safe and engaging way, this fun picture book be appreciated by students, teachers, librarians, and parents alike."--School Library Journal
"Clever dialogue and illustrations entertain and could also be used for discussion or writing about what students think they are expected to be and what they desire."--Library Media Connection