Z Is for Moose (Moose #1)
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 ...more
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.
Zelinsky's mixed media illustrations for each letter are framed with a band of color and show animals or objects against a pastel background, until Moose's impatience and exuberance take over at the letter D. Moose can then be seen intruding into every picture until - he isn't chosen for a turn for M! ...more
Each mixed media illustration is framed with a band of color and shows animals and objects against a simple pastel background. Each page features a single letter and what it stands for, “A i ...more
In this book, a zebra directs the alphabet show and has the job of making sure each object gets to the stage in alphabetical order by the initial letter/sound. However, a zany moose appears at the wrong times and interrupts the show! When the poor moose realizes he isn't even in the show, he sets out to ruin the production. Fortunately, the conflic ...more
Zebra is in charge of the alphabet show and is sure all will be smooth-sailing, but Moose is having a particularly difficult time waiting his turn. He keeps popping up on everyone else’s page and when it finally is his turn, Zebra goes with Mouse instead. This i ...more
Bingham, K. L., Zelinsky, P. O. (2012). Z is for Moose. New York: Greenwillow Books.
Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly and SLJ starred reviews
Kelly Bingham's zany alphabet book is one of the best and funniest books I've seen in ages. In Paul Zelinsky's hilarious mixed-media illustrations, Moose runs rampant through the pages of an alphabet book, so excited to get to the M page that he just can't wait his turn! When he finds out that in this book, M is ...more
"Up at Lake Winna-Bango...the far northern shore...
Lives a huge herd of moose, about sixty or more,
And they all go around in a big happy bunch
Looking for nice tender moose-moss to munch"
--Dr. Seuss, from THIDWICK THE BIG-HEARTED MOOSE (Random House, 1948)
"Mooses look into your window at night,
They look to the left and they look to the right.
The mooses are smiling th ...more
The premise is simple - a stage production of the alphabets letters. Easy, right? A is for apple, B is for ball, right on through the letter Z. A letter for every place and a place for every letter. What could go wrong? Well, what goes wrong is Moose. You will recognize Moose. He's the one who is so enthusiastic that he keeps interrupting the dir ...more
Z is for Moose. / Kelly Bingham. Paul O. Zelinksy (ill.). / 2012.
Format: Picturebook - print.
"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" (NoveList).
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
alphabet book, Zebras, Moose, behavior and personal conduct
I liked the book. ...more
And things only get uglier from there, as Moose wreaks havoc on pages ...more
Mooses' behavior so clearly mirrors that of children at times that this book will tickle ...more
A 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 ...more
ALA 2013 Notable Children’s Book
This comical and brightly colored alphabet book presents the ABC’s through the perspective of a moose who really wants to represent the letter “M”. After waiting patiently for his turn, he begins to invade the other letter’s pages, and when he reaches the “M” page, he learns the mouse will be the representative for M. Then, he continues invading the subsequent letters so that he c ...more
Publisher's Weekly Review
Z is for Moose was an unexpected delight for a child's alphabet book. It features Moose who cannot contain his excitement to represent the letter M. He interrupts several times while Zebra is the narrator telling what each letter stands for. First, he tries to say D is for Moose. As the alphabet goes on he is always in the picture waiting for his big moment when M comes around he ...more
The book, Z Is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham was a great book that was so fun to read. During this book, the zebra is wanting to put on a show as simple as ABC, but moose has other ideas. Throughout the entire story, moose was wanting to be on his own page and have his own letter. He started appearing at letter E. After his first appearance, moose was shown on every page waiting for his turn to shine on his letter, "M". When the letter "M" came around, moose didn't get on the page so he was deter...more
Booklist Editor's Choice, Books for Youth Awards
Zebra, a no nonsense kind of guy, is diligently coordinating an alphabet show, however his good friend Moose, is not cooperating. The humorous antics of Moose's excitement to be included in the show turn into sheer disappointment when a mouse was cast for the letter M instead of Moose. Whereas, leading to Moose creating havoc for the remaining letters until Zebra found a v ...more