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Z Is for Moose
Contributor(s): Bingham, Kelly, Zelinsky, Paul O. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0060799846     ISBN-13: 9780060799847
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2012

Annotation: Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alphabet; Fiction.
Moose; Fiction.
Zebras; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011002148
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 11.25" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158594
Reading Level: 0.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
In this funny, inventive ABC, an orderly procession of letters begins, but at D, overly eager Moose pushes Duck off the stage. Though referee Zebra says it's not his turn, Moose breaks into every page, asking, "Now?" When M is for Mouse, he has a major temper tantrum; finally, Z is for Zebra's friend, Moose. Zelinsky's zany cartoon style is perfect for Moose's antics.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #2)
If you think you've seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again. Even before the title page of this very funny and inventive ABC, cast members Apple, Ball, Cat, Duck, Elephant, Fox, Glove, etc., begin lining up to be checked in by Zebra, cleverly dressed as a referee. We get just a hint of things to come as our protagonist, Moose, jumps for joy in anticipation of his big moment in the spotlight. The orderly procession begins, and all goes smoothly -- A is for Apple, B is for Ball, C is for Cat -- until we get to D and find that Moose has pushed Duck off the stage in his eagerness. He apologizes and blushes after the zebra tells him it's not yet his turn, but then he breaks into everyone else's page, asking, "Now?" until we finally get to M, which turns out to be for…Mouse. This causes a major temper tantrum as Moose knocks all the other letter representatives off their pages, smashes Pie all over Queen, draws antlers on Ring and Snake, and finally begins to cry (appropriately, next to V for Violin). Zebra feels such sympathy for Moose (as will the reader) that he allows him to take over his page, so that Z is for Zebra's friend, Moose. The pages prior to Moose's tantrum are funny for the ways in which Moose insinuates himself into each picture: hiding behind an ice-cream cone, appearing on a jam jar label, popping his head out of a kangaroo's pouch. In the tantrum itself, the visual humor gets more sophisticated as Moose disrupts the alphabet by smashing, stomping on, and revising whole lines of text. You can barely read "Q is for Queen," for example, since the letters lie in mangled little piles at the bottom of the page. Zelinsky's zany cartoon style is perfect for Moose's antics, both before and after the letter M. kathleen t. horning Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 January #3)

Move over, Interrupting Chicken. In Bingham (Shark Girl) and Zelinsky's droll alphabet book, Moose expects to own the letter M, and he cannot contain his enthusiasm and impatience. As a polite Apple, Ball, Cat and others take their turns, the clownish Moose barges in. He pushes Duck out of the way, annoys Elephant, and pops out of Kangaroo's pouch (a startled joey asks, "Mommy, who is that?"). Readers accustomed to the usual list of letters will be giggling with suspense by the time "L is for Lollipop" rolls around. "Here it comes!" chortles Moose, anticipating his M. Unfortunately, a serious-minded Zebra, who directs the alphabet and wears a referee shirt over his own stripes, has other ideas. Mayhem ensues as Moose throws a tantrum, stomping and scribbling on Pie, Queen, and Ring, and then sniffling as Zebra tries to protect Umbrella, Whale, and Xylophone. Zelinsky (Dust Devil) frames the pages as a conventional alphabet book, setting Moose loose on the staged setting. He and Bingham craft a witty meta-abecedary, disrupting the predictable ABCs and reveling in Moose's antics. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 March)

PreS-Gr 2—This zany alphabet book will make children smile. Zebra, dressed in a referee's shirt and cap, acts as director of the book project, assigning appropriate objects or animals to represent each letter. Zebra's endeavor begins peacefully enough with "A is for Apple." Next comes "B is for Ball," and then "C is for Cat." Each animal or object cooperatively poses center stage on the neatly designed page, featuring a bright border and the letter of the moment displayed in colored print. When Zebra reaches "D," his orderly alphabetical display is disrupted by the overeager Moose, who lopes onto the page, displacing the Duck. Zebra rages at the hapless Moose, who then slinks onto "E's" page, bumping into the chagrined Elephant. Zebra struggles to proceed through the alphabet letter by letter as Moose continues to interrupt. To Moose's shock and dismay, Zebra decides to go with "M is for Mouse." He rampages throughout the rest of the alphabet ruining each entry while Zebra protests. When Moose finally breaks down in tears, Zebra relents. He allows Moose to appear on the last page of the book. "Z is for Zebra's friend, Moose." The amusing alphabetical adventure is told through hilarious mixed-media illustrations and dialogue bubbles. Unexpected details like Moose hiding in Kangaroo's pocket will delight young readers. Pair this title with Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's equally amusing Hungry Monster ABC (Little, Brown, 2007) or Tasha Tudor's more sedate A Is for Annabelle (S & S, 2001).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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