Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, March 5, 2012

Z Is for Moose

All alphabet books are pretty much the same, right?  A: Apple, B: Ball, C: Cat, D: ...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!

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