Caldecott Medalist Zelinsky illustrates an outrageously funny and boundary breaking story for fans of Jon Scieszka and David Weisner Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as A B C, but Zebra s friend Moose has other unexpected and hilarious ideas Full color


10 thoughts on “Z Is for Moose

  1. Kris Kris says:

    The first time I read this, I laughed out loud and I was staffing the library s reference desk at the time But it takes a pretty clever story to make this librarian laugh a big ol belly laugh, and this one is clever with a capital C Observant readers will notice that the story actually starts before the title page, with an obviously excited Moose holding up the curtain to reveal the line up for the book, organized by Zebra The illustrations continue through the title page altered by Moos The first time I read this, I laughed out loud and I was staffing the library s reference desk at the time But it takes a pretty clever story to make this librarian laugh a big ol belly laugh, and this one is clever with a capital C Observant readers will notice that the story actually starts before the title page, with an obviously excited Moose holding up the curtain to reveal the line up for the book, organized by Zebra The illustrations continue through the title page altered by Moose and the dedication, right up through the start of the book What appears to be a standard alphabet book becomes so muchReaders will feel for Moose, who can hardly wait to be a part of the book My absolute favorite spread is one of the best illustrated temper tantrums I ve seen all of Moose s pent up frustration comes right out in a big, messy way By the end, the reader is feeling pretty bad for Moose, and so is Zebra I can hardly wait to share this one with kids.6 Starred Reviews Booklist, Hornbook, Kirkus, PW, SLJ, CCBC.See also review at 5 Minutes for Books


  2. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I thought this book was very, very funny The illustrations are fabulous and are integral to the story Yes, even though this is an alphabet book there is a story It has a very sweet ending too Young kids who have issues with delayed gratification, which is 99.99% of them at one time or another, will really identify with moose Good alphabet book for all levels and an engaging story and wonderful illustrations both are amusing and interesting I loved it 4 stars


  3. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    Nominate this one for the Caldecott instead of the artsy fartsy crap aimed at hipster children s librarians, booksellers and other clueless adults This reminds me of Melanie Watts fabulous Chester books themselves in my view a homage to the immortal Bugs Daffy cartoon Duck Amuck as Zebra tries to keep a standard ABC book in order all the way to Z Moose, eager for his turn, suddenly begins appearing ahead of schedule But when M is for Mouse instead of Moose, Moose acts out and Zebra m Nominate this one for the Caldecott instead of the artsy fartsy crap aimed at hipster children s librarians, booksellers and other clueless adults This reminds me of Melanie Watts fabulous Chester books themselves in my view a homage to the immortal Bugs Daffy cartoon Duck Amuck as Zebra tries to keep a standard ABC book in order all the way to Z Moose, eager for his turn, suddenly begins appearing ahead of schedule But when M is for Mouse instead of Moose, Moose acts out and Zebra must keep order and finish the alphabet The ending is perfect, as Zebra finds a way to make Moose happy AND finish the alphabet Paul Zelinsky s art is perfectly pitched to the text it s clear he was having fun here And so will kids


  4. Mariah Roze Mariah Roze says:

    This is a cute alphabet book Little kids would really enjoy this The moose keeps showing up for every letter, so that s why young kids would find this funny.


  5. Abigail Abigail says:

    The traditional alphabet book gets a humorous remake from author Kelly Bingham and illustrator Paul Zelinsky, as a harried zebra attempts to organize various creatures and objects into the proper alphabetical order Unfortunately for him, eager Moose interrupts the process, continually trying to insert himself on the incorrect page When M finally does arrive, and is given to Mouse , the cervine interloper is beside himself, spending the rest of the book alternately whining and sobbing In The traditional alphabet book gets a humorous remake from author Kelly Bingham and illustrator Paul Zelinsky, as a harried zebra attempts to organize various creatures and objects into the proper alphabetical order Unfortunately for him, eager Moose interrupts the process, continually trying to insert himself on the incorrect page When M finally does arrive, and is given to Mouse , the cervine interloper is beside himself, spending the rest of the book alternately whining and sobbing In the end, Zebra finds a way to include him after allOne of the few alphabet books I have encountered that is also an engaging story, as well as a good read aloud selection I have seen it performed by two readers at story time, and it is always a winner Z is for Moose is an amusing look, not just at the alphabet, but at the younger child s penchant for wanting what he wants when he wants it In that sense, I was reminded a bit of the feeling of Mo Willem s pigeon books, which is high praise indeed The artwork here, although not in theornate style Zelinsky has used for his award winning fairy tale retellings, is engaging and fun, adding to the entertainment value Recommended to anyone looking for humorous stories for toddlers, and or for innovative alphabet books


  6. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    3.5 STARSA funny twist on the typical alphabet book, all is going well here until Moose gets confused on what letter he comes in on He scampers about trying to fit into all the wrong letters and ends up really dejected when they decide to put in Mouse instead of him when his letter finally appears Will he ever find a place in the story I imagine children who are already very familiar with the alphabet will get a big kick out of this I was mildly amused and thought the ending was a nice surp 3.5 STARSA funny twist on the typical alphabet book, all is going well here until Moose gets confused on what letter he comes in on He scampers about trying to fit into all the wrong letters and ends up really dejected when they decide to put in Mouse instead of him when his letter finally appears Will he ever find a place in the story I imagine children who are already very familiar with the alphabet will get a big kick out of this I was mildly amused and thought the ending was a nice surprise very sweet


  7. Paul Hankins Paul Hankins says:

    Nothing like a good moose tantrum in the middle of an ABC book to bring the whole thing to life and nothing like the reconciliation of a friendship to wrap the whole thing up Zelinsky s illustrations are a lot of fun Ladder this one up with A IS FOR SALAD We ll be using both in our ABCs of Categorization and Classification in Room 407 in the future.


  8. Richard Jalbert Richard Jalbert says:

    Read this at a play group this morning Great book and great stress relief reading to a room full of 2 4 year olds.


  9. midnightfaerie midnightfaerie says:

    Really enjoyed this one The kids all loved it as well A cute ABC book where a moose runs rampant through the pages, trying to get on a page, any page, so he can be part of the book When the zebra, who is in charge, decides to use a mouse instead of moose on the M page, moose gets very angry and chaos takes over on each page as he tries to vent his feelings In the end, the zebra comes to a decision, including moose in the book, without destroying the integrity of it We all really enjoyed t Really enjoyed this one The kids all loved it as well A cute ABC book where a moose runs rampant through the pages, trying to get on a page, any page, so he can be part of the book When the zebra, who is in charge, decides to use a mouse instead of moose on the M page, moose gets very angry and chaos takes over on each page as he tries to vent his feelings In the end, the zebra comes to a decision, including moose in the book, without destroying the integrity of it We all really enjoyed this one Just a lot of fun with great illustrations


  10. Dov Zeller Dov Zeller says:

    My neighbor who just started kindergarten brought this over the other day to read we ve read it together before, but not for at least a year and left it here we live in the same house, and often she brings things over and they stay here for a while So, as it was lying on the coffee table in front of us while we had lunch yesterday, I insisted on reading it to my adult friend Sonny I love it soooooo much He liked it, too, though I m not sure he is as gleeful about it as I