An odd, ingenuous collection of stories about Moose, who roams from Minnesota to ""Moosechusetts,"" subsisting mostly on lily pads, blueberries--and root beer, purchased from storekeeper friends Newt and Frog. Moose's adventures range from introspective through commonplace to unique--he imagines himself playing in a marching band with the other animals, helps an Easter Bunny, is given a surprise birthday party, and gets his antlers polished by a traveling salesman fox; once, he stays in a pond so long that he pulls the pond behind him when he walks out. Caught in an early snow, he is sustained by a passing crow till the plow comes, followed by a school bus full of children who share their sandwiches with him. Latimer affectionately recounts these events in a direct, unusually felicitous style, ending each with a cozy, haunting refrain--""Going the Moose Way Home."" In full-color art on almost every page, Carrick perfectly captures Latimer's understated wit and Moose's gentle innocence, exaggerating his ""thin stork"" legs and depicting his lugubrious face with pathos as well as humor--while incidentally doing justice to the beauty of his habitat. Unusual and beguiling.