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An ear-tickling, eye-teasing romp for little listeners, led by an award-winning author and illustrator

Do you really, really want to see a moose — a long-leggy moose — a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose? Spurred by Phyllis Root's sing-songy text and Randy Cecil's buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through woods, swamps, bushes, and hills is
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Candlewick Press
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Alice
Dec 09, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Well I love moose(n) many much moosen (If you are fan of Comedian Brian Reagan you will understand the moosen reference-and yes I know moose is plural and singular noun!). I am always looking for moose(n). This summer I have seen 4 moose(n)One bull in the Grand Tetons, One baby in Utah up Big Cotton Wood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City and Two, (a boy and girl) up in a meadow 10 miles East of Heber City Utah know as Lake Creek in the Uinta National Forest. This book is great with all the rhymey ...more
Tiffany Fox
May 07, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it really liked it
Title: Looking for a Moose
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: Randy Cecil
Publisher/Date: Candlewick Press/ 8/22/2006
Pages/Format: 40/ Hardcover
ISBN: 9780763620059

An ear-tickling, eye-teasing romp for little listeners, led by an award-winning author and illustrator. Do you really, really want to see a moose - a long-leggy moose - a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose? Spurred by Phyllis Root's sing-songy text and Randy Cecil's buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through
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Lynne Marie
Apr 26, 2016 Lynne Marie rated it really liked it
Fun with playful language and pictures.
Jordan Brown
Feb 10, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-etl-2368
Looking for a Moose
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: Randy Cecil
Reading Level:ages 5-8

Root, Phyllis (2006) Looking for a Moose Cambridge: Candlewick Press

Looking for a Moose is an enjoyable read. It details the adventure that a few camping children set out for in order to find a moose.

The book has a slight poetic narrative to it. It's engaging, silly, and makes use of onomatopoeia, as the author tends to describe the sounds that the children make. It's a book about adventure, so I feel it's an e
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Drew Graham
Feb 03, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A group of kids are moose hunting. Will they be successful in tracking down the elusive creature??

It was only as I was reading this that it occurred to me that it's by the author of one of our favorites, Flip, Flap, Fly!, but after I realized that it became pretty obvious. It has the same kind of fun rhythm and wordplay and feeling of exploring and discovering things outside. The Boy [2.5] really likes finding the moose on all the pages where he's/they're hiding, and he has asked for this one ve
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Heidi-Marie
A cute book. This will make a great read-aloud in a storytime. I like the pictures too. Something in the use of color make this a soothing bedtime book. Or maybe that's because I was reading it right before I went to sleep....

4/19/10 I used this in PJ storytime. I still find the colors to be soothing. I still love the rhymey descriptive words and the adventure the children go on. I love the end. Yet I think the overall "fun-ness" of the book was lost on the tiny group. Maybe I'll bring this one
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Shun-Sho
Jul 09, 2016 Shun-Sho rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kids really enjoyed looking for the hidden moose on the various pages and competed avidly to find them. Not a lot of substance but it was a fun, bouncy read that kept my listeners attentive as they looked for what the book characters couldn't see.

As a side note, I used this as an intro for a scavenger hunt -- that was a big hit and a great segue!
carrietracy
Feb 08, 2015 carrietracy rated it liked it
Three and a half. Somewhat reminiscent of We're Going on a Bare Hunt in terms of descriptive language. It's also fun to hunt for the moose. Special bonus - there's only one white character among the children, the rest are children of color! The only vaguely disappointing part is that the ending is sort of abrupt. But definitely a fun read.
Carol Ekster
Mar 15, 2015 Carol Ekster rated it really liked it
What a great and fun read aloud! I would have given it five stars except that the ending left me unsatisfied. I would have liked it to tie back to the beginning in some way, that they looked for moose, and now they've found..."..a long-leggy, dinner-diving, branchy-antler, bulgy-nose moose."...Many of them!
Elaine
Sep 22, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another fun read aloud with 3, 4, 5 year olds- set them up to look for parts of the moose, had them put a finger on their nose when they found it (rather than calling out). With even younger groups, would be great for rhyming and movement (as you tromp through the bushes, wade through the swamp).
Margie
Jan 10, 2015 Margie rated it really liked it
A group of children sets off to find a moose, which they have never seen before. They try several different approaches before their search is more than rewarded. This would be a fun read-aloud for young children as there are some great nonsense words used in the narrative.
Meredith Estes
Jul 21, 2016 Meredith Estes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: littles
All of my kids have loved this book. We found it when my oldest was little and then rediscovered it this week with my now littles. It's simple in construction with good alliterative words. And, the hidden moose in the pages encourage the kids to really study the drawings. Very cute.
Derek Cooke
Dec 07, 2012 Derek Cooke rated it really liked it
The children are talking about moose and decide to go on an adventure to look for some. The story goes from one area in the woods to another with the children looking. Each of the pages has a lot of sets of rhyming words that are used to describe the area they are in, or the moose they are looking for. Also in most of the pages is a moose hiding. You have to really look for them, but they are there. The children cross different areas, water, fields and forests looking for the elusive moose. They ...more
Nefertiti
Apr 07, 2015 Nefertiti rated it it was ok
Shelves: peer-instructor
This book is great for children who love adventure. There are a lot of tongue twisting words in the book so I would not recommend this book for beginner readers, but it will keep children on the edge of their seats trying to find the moose.
The Brothers
Feb 06, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: moose
A cute story about kids who never, ever, ever, ever see a moose! The illustrations are good and it's fun to spy the different parts of the moose at each part of the story.
Nicole
Jul 29, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Very similar feel to "Going on a Bear Hunt". Book draws you in with its illustrations....trying to spy the moose in pictures. Could be a good book for teaching onomatopoeia.
Erica
Aug 28, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Cute. Lots of good word rhythm, and silly enough that it got my impatient almost-3-year-old paying attention by the end, no mean feat.
Paula

Four children set off into the woods to find a moose. An ear-tickling, eye-teasing romp for little listeners, led by an award-winning author and illustrator. Do you really, really want to see a moose - a long-leggy moose - a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose? Spurred by Phyllis Root's sing-songy text and Randy Cecil's buoyant illustrations, this hunt for an elusive moose through woods, swamps, bushes, and hills is just as fun as the final surprise discovery of moose en masse. Child
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Garren
Aug 13, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
I didn't really get how the descriptions of the moose work, but the pictures were fun and the kids were racially diverse.
Rosa Cline
Jan 25, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
If you are reading this to a child and they can only look at pictures (to young to recognize words) the pictures may get a little overwhelming. The story line also is repetitive so they may get a little bored; although the story is a cute one. This story only gets a 3 star from me due to just not really capturing and keeping the reader and the young listener. However, if you have a beginning reader or reading this to a group of K-G through maybe 2nd graders they probably would love to follow the ...more
Laura McLoughlin
Great story with really fun illustrations. Randy Cecil is quickly becoming one of my favorite illustrators.
Roxanne
Mar 25, 2016 Roxanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
So much fun looking for the hiding moose! Really fun to read aloud, too.
Anthony
Mar 04, 2015 Anthony rated it liked it
Annoying rhyme scheme and a dull, non-existent narrative. Fun illustrations!
Jennifer Parker
Jul 06, 2014 Jennifer Parker rated it it was amazing
Excellent book of rhyming while trying to find a moose. Would read again.
Kimberly
What fun! Would be great for storytime.
Sue Poduska
Mar 12, 2015 Sue Poduska rated it really liked it
Where would you find a moose, anyway?
J. Bryce
Feb 19, 2015 J. Bryce rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, children-s
Great short book for toddlers!
Chelsea
Dec 14, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it
I love moose.
Maria Burel
Nov 11, 2012 Maria Burel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
"Have you ever seen a moose --- a long-leggy moose-- a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose?"

Join 4 friends as they go tromping through the woods, squelching through the swamp, scraping through the bushes, and scrambling up the hillside in their search for a moose. This book has lots of fun action words and sounds that children will love to repeat. And if your child has especially sharp eyes, he/she will locate some surprises amongst the illustrations. Clever and fun, a great read-alo
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Connie
Aug 31, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it
Very much like We're Going on a Bear Hunt.


Five young kids go looking for a moose. They look, and they look, but it's just no use. So they keep looking elsewhere. Of course, we can see that they're really in the company of an increasing herd of moose!

Just as they give up, they hear "Oo-roog" (I guess that's what moose say?) and find that they're totally surrounded.

Very cute, very repetitive in the good way, neither too short nor too long.
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"Picture books are performances," says Phyllis Root, quoting some sage advice she once received. "They're performances that involve a child--something both of you do. And once I started thinking of them that way, I started getting much looser about making up words and playing around with rhythm."

Phyllis Root picked up an early affinity for colloquial language while growing up in Indiana and south
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