Monday, March 5, 2012
Z Is for Moose
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky is my current staff pick.
In this behind-the-scenes look at pictorial alphabets, Zebra is directing his cast of characters when the over-eager Moose appears on the D page. After a gentle correction, his excitement builds as his page approaches...but what's that mouse doing there? Will the ensuing rampaging tantrum mean Moose is left out completely? This is a cute and silly way for youngsters who already know a bit of the alphabet to gain confidence by identifying exactly where Moose shouldn't be and who should take his place. The illustrations break through the usual picture book framework in a simple and creative way. This is a truly original take on the alphabet that hasn't failed to elicit laughs from anyone I've shown it to.
Z Is for Moose is published by Greenwillow Books and retails for $16.99 (hardcover). I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes. You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!