Academic journal article Language Arts

This Is a Moose

Academic journal article Language Arts

This Is a Moose

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This Is a Moose Written by Richard T. Morris Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Little, Brown, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 316- 21360- 8

This hilarious cartoon picturebook opens to a blurry image of a realistic moose as seen through a camera viewfinder. "Focus," a voice from beyond the endpapers exhorts the camera operator-and the reader. A clapperboard simultaneously introduces the story and a movie: "This is a Moose-Take one!" In a bucolic forest scene, readers meet the main character/lead actor "Mighty Moose." Immediately, the natural world is called into question with framed family portraits nailed to a tree. But, there's more! "This moose wants to be an astronaut." The director's "Cut" ends the scene, because, of course, "Moose cannot be astronauts." Take two . . .

This delightfully silly story offers an engaging give-and- take between what the moose-and his friends and family-want to do and be and what the disembodied director's voice says they are and should do. …

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