A young boy out with his father is certain that he will spot a moose. So is the moose.
After their ferry docks on a small Maine island, the boy tries very hard to convince his father that a moose is nearby in the woods. The father, his nose planted firmly in a guidebook, says no. They see many animals, fish and insects as they walk about. The smiling moose is quite chatty and offers frequent clues in speech bubbles (“What am I? A mouse?”). Finally, he poses in full double-spread splendor. But it is not until the boy and his father are back on the ferry that the father sees the moose. Calmenson writes in quatrains with a humorous point of view. Thermes’ brightly hued watercolors are lively and appealing, with the sky and waters in lovely shades of blue. The moose is decidedly anthropomorphized, and there are no guides to the flora and fauna depicted, so this is not for serious nature enthusiasts. However, the story is entertaining and would serve as a good introduction to family outings.
A valuable reminder to enjoy the outdoors and keep an eye out for possibilities! (Meet the Moose facts, author’s note) (Picture book. 3-6)