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Z Is for Moose (Moose #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  4,411 ratings  ·  578 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 07, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: for alphabet book readers & learners; for kids who like funny stories
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 ...more
The Library Lady
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
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 ...more
Paul  Hankins
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.
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, is a hilarious book about organization, humor, impatience, anger, disappointment, and friendship, all arranged around the alphabet.

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!
Amy Musser
Zebra’s in charge of this alphabet show and he’s determined everything will run like clockwork. Unfortunately, Moose is a little over zealous. It’s just so difficult to wait for his turn! M is halfway through the alphabet! Will Zebra be able to keep the show running smoothly? Will Moose get to be in the show?

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
Sandi Rossman
I viewed this book for the alphabet category (picture book assignment). The source was the 2013 Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts.

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
The zebra has directed the production of this book, and after consulting his list, he decides and orchestrates who or what is to appear on each page. This seems to be working out until his friend the moose gets overexcited and can’t wait his turn. “Now?” he asks, “now?” appearing on every page, much to the zebra’s frustration. When they finally get to “M is for…” he is suddenly replaced. Angry and hurt, the moose sets out to sabotage the rest of the book! What can zebra do to save his book and s ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Zebra is directing the production of this book. As the animals/objects are being photographed for the book, Moose is getting excited and anxious for his upcoming turn...but then we get to M and M is for Mouse. Moose does not handle it well and goes wild. Zebra tries to return balance back to the book and comes up with a nice plan to make the situation work for everyone. The illustrations are funny and it is engaging to have a character like Moose that breaks the traditional writing rules.
Courtney Dyer
Kelly Bingham and Paul O’ Zelinsky pair up to bring us this brightly colored, laugh out loud funny story Z is for Moose. This book is perfect for young and even the oldest of readers as it is sure to bring out the biggest of belly laughs.

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
Wendy Nelson
Z Is for Moose

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

Category: Alphabet

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
Love love loved this book! Kelly Bingham does a wonderful job at making learning letters of the alphabet fun and exciting. Zebra is in charge of directing the production of this make you laugh all the way to the end of the book. While each letter is to be introduced with a picture that starts with its letter, things go laughably wrong when Moose starts showing up on the page when the letter "D" is being introduced thinking its his turn to be recognized. Then Moose moves on to the page with the l ...more
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky, ill. Greenwillow, February 2012, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-079984-7

"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
Alex Baugh
This is a book that always makes me laugh whenever I read or think about it. It is just that kind of book and so different from most ABC books for kids.

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
That was such cute fun--I loved it! This would be best in a read-alone of an observant child--because it took me a few pages to notice that the off-stage stuff "referred" to things seen on the publication and dedication pages. It made the book all the more enjoyable and hilarious for me. A lap-read may work well, too. I loved Moose. He was like an excited kid waiting for his turn, and re-acted as one would expect said kid to do. It may be also that I have a thing for moose, but I really liked th ...more
I really enjoy a good meta book. From Interrupting Chicken to We are in a Book! to It's a Book, there's something that's a lot of fun about knowing that the character in the book know that you're reading about them. And it's so exciting when the characters jump out of the pages. It makes the books hilarious for both children and adults, in my opinion. Z Is for Moose is an alphabet book gone wrong. You see, Moose is not-so-patiently waiting for his turn to star in "M is for Moose," but waiting ha ...more
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Z is for Moose. / Kelly Bingham. Paul O. Zelinksy (ill.). / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"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

Review citation:
The very-organized Zebra has all the animals lined up and ready to take their places in his ABC book. Everyone is eager to show off their best sides, and all of them are following Zebra's directions--everyone, that is, except Moose who arrives far too early during the letter d, causing all sorts of mayhem as he accidentally jabs Elephant in the side. After lurking around the other letters as he waits his turn, the anticipation builds as the letter m draws near. But to his dismay and disappointme ...more
Moose is so excited for when it is his turn in the alphabet line-up. He keeps interrupting to see if it is his turn. "D is for Moose." So the Duck has to hide behind the stage where he should be while the Zebra has to tell Moose "Moose does not start with D. You are on the wrong page." Then Moose is so excited waiting for his page that he has to hide behind the ice cream (and on every other page). Then comes the "M" page where "Mouse" is chosen instead. Moose throws a tantrum.

I liked the book.
Moose is so eager to be in Zebra's ABC book that he jumps onstage long before it's time for the letter M. His first attempt at inclusion comes at "D is for Moose" and Zebra tells him he's on the wrong page. Moose horns in on the E, H, I, J, K, and L pages waiting for letter M. It's his big chance! Imagine his surprise and shock when the page reads, "M is for Mouse": WHAT? Wait! No! That was supposed to be me! Moose! With an M!

And things only get uglier from there, as Moose wreaks havoc on pages
Doug Dworkin
Awesome picture book about a Moose who is a little too eager for his big moment representing "M" in the ABC pantheon. Its been a while since a picture book charmed me this much and made me laugh out loud.
Robyn Jones
This is a fantastic book to act out with your little one. Zebra is putting on an alphabet production. The characters start with Apple, as in A is for Apple. Moose is so excited he keeps hopping around and trying to jump the line, then he does jump the line, pushing duck off his page. That annoys Zebra so much he chooses Mouse for M. Moose does not take it well. Zebra does not handle Moose's tantrum well. All of this leads to crying and one big concession on Zebra's part...Z is for Moose. If you' ...more
FABULOUS!!! I almost peed my pants this book is so funny! It's a non-typical children's alphabet book. Although it starts out relatively normal. But Moose begins to try to assign himself to letters he doesn't belong to. Zebra, who's referee-ing, tells Moose to keep moving. Moose interrupts every letter until he gives up and decides there just isn't anywhere for him to fit. Zebra finally finds a place for him.

Mooses' behavior so clearly mirrors that of children at times that this book will tickle

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
Brian Cortes
Bingham, Kelly. Zelinsky, Paul O. Z is for Moose. (2012). The story begins with the demonstration of the alphabet, the Zebra is organizing the event and the order of appearance for each thing that will represent a letter in the alphabet. Everything is going as planned, until the letter D when the Moose interrupts the order by appearing instead of the Duck, he ultimately messes up the order and continues to ruin the demonstration for each following letter. Finally the letter M space arrives, but ...more
Shelby Summerville
The book Z is for Moose, is an ABC book written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. It begins as any ABC book for young children would, with A being for Apple, B for Book, and C for Cat. Then we come to the letter D, and it reads "D is for Moose". Well this is where we met our main characters, the moose and the zebra. The moose is very impatient for his turn in the alphabet, being unable to wait for the page with the letter M. The zebra is dressed like a sports referee and seem ...more
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Z is for Moose is an abecedary gone wrong – horribly wrong. It starts out well enough – A is for apple, B is for ball, and C is for cat. But Moose just can’t wait for his turn, and keeps trying to bust in at inappropriate times. He stands proudly on the page that proclaims “D is for Moose” until Zebra (who is refereeing the show) shoos him off the stage. Moose continues to annoy Zebra by being overly anxious, which is funny – but things really get hilarious when it’s finally his turn, but Zebra ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Bingham, K. (2012). Z is for Moose. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

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
Alisha Funkhouser
Bingham, K., & Zelinsky, P. (2012). Z is for Moose. New York: Greenwillow Books.

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
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Kelly Bingham is the author of the award-winning novel Shark Girl as well as Z Is for Moose, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Recipient of an MFA in writing for children and young adults, Kelly Bingham lives in Georgia.
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