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Chocolate Moose
ISBN: 9780525422020
Author: Kneen, Maggie
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: January 2011
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Loving chocolate as much as he enjoys helping others, Chocolate Moose starts a job in Mrs. Mouse's tiny kitchen and cooks up a huge chocolate mess before discovering that he is more useful as a mouse babysitter.
Additional Information
BISAC category:
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 9.50" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary, Animals
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 142436
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 November #5)

Filled with chocolate goodies and a sweet sentimentality, Kneen's story stars a large moose who is hired at the bakery of a tiny mouse family after he misreads a sign that says "Wanted: One Mouse." Looking as cuddly as a giant stuffed animal, Moose squeezes through the door of Mrs. Mouse's bakery—"Squish, squiggle, squeak!"—and chaos ensues. Moose eats chocolate when Mrs. Mouse isn't looking, makes oversize sandwiches for her little ones ("Mice have only very small teeth, you know," she tells him), spills pancake batter everywhere, and knocks chocolate chip cookies off the shelf—frustrating Mrs. Mouse but delighting her fussy children. Kneen's (Little Snow Goose) illustrations exude a cozy brand of slapstick humor, and the book's conflict is resolved when Mrs. Mouse decides to have Moose babysit so she can handle the bakery herself. The detailed, soft artwork and palette create a gentle counterpart to the plainspoken text, which is enclosed in complementary pastel borders. Both text and art provide a loving model of a working mother who makes sure her little ones are cared for with a "Cuddle, nuzzle, snuggle." Ages 3–5. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

PreS-Gr 1—After misreading a help-wanted sign, a moose who loves chocolate begins working in Mrs. Mouse's small bakery. Despite his earnest efforts, he eats, breaks, or spills more in the tiny kitchen than he bakes. However, because he entertains and calms Mrs. Mouse's many babies, this "Chocolate Moose" finds a new job as bakery babysitter and still receives chocolaty treats. The muted color palette and texture in the watercolor and ink illustrations depict the disasters of a cuddly moose, which are in contrast to the efficient actions of Mrs. Mouse in her clean, white apron. The static cover art shows nothing of Moose's kitchen mishaps or babysitting talents. Although enjoyable and cozy, neither text nor art makes this an essential purchase.—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD

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