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A MOOSE THAT SAYS MOO by Jennifer Hamburg Kirkus Star


by Jennifer Hamburg ; illustrated by Sue Truesdell

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-374-35058-1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A little girl with her nose in a book and toys scattered about conjures up a zoo filled with zaniness and mixed-up mayhem.

She is sitting on the grass in her backyard with her beagle close by. Delightedly, the two watch as an assortment of animals moves in. Her moose moos, her skunks jump rope, and her sheep “take baths full of bubbles and soap.” A zebra and ape dance on a picnic table, and pigs perform a tap-dance show. Spillage and breakage abound. Noisily oinking otters and chirping chipmunks cavort. Fish scribble with crayons as they swim, and groundhogs march with picket signs held high. Sharp-eyed readers will find visual clues to upcoming hijinks. At last, one pooped girl puts everything to rights—or does she? Hamburg’s debut picture book scans and rhymes in the best read-aloud fashion. Truesdell’s pen-and-ink and watercolor art, as always, presents an amusing and lively panoply of animals in high mischief mode. One double-page spread, set at nighttime, features some bears sprawled comfortably asleep on toy cars while sheep engage in a pillow fight with flitting and floating feathers that can “wake up a sound-asleep goat.”

Infectious good fun. (Picture book 3-8)