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*Looking for a Moose* by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Randy Cecil
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Looking for a Moose
by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Ages 4-8 40 pages Candlewick July 2008 Hardcover    

Look closely, and you might see some moose - but you do have to look closely, because in the woods all you see are his legs, and they look like tree trunks. In the bushes, his antlers are visible, but they blend in with all the fall foliage. On the hillside, moose noses stick out from behind rocky embankments, but only a little bit.

As the four children look for a moose in this story, so does their little dog. Frogs, dragonflies, ducks and other birds follow along as the children search for the elusive moose, but it’s the dog who hints at where a moose might be hiding.

Full of rhyming text and fun words, Looking for a Moose begins when one child asks her three friends in a sing-song voice if they have ever seen a moose. But not any moose… “a long-leggy moose- a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose.” They haven’t, but they all agree they “really, really, really, really want to see a moose.”

Backpacks on, hiking boots tied, the friends enter the woods to look for a moose. Although they “tromp stomp” through the woods and “squeech squooch” through a swamp, the four friends don’t spot a moose. They are just about to give up for the day when they hear a loud oo-roog sound coming from the hillside. When the children follow the sound, they are surprised at not only what they see but how many there are.

Randy Cecil’s illustrations paired with Phyllis Root’s text will capture children’s attention and curiosity. In this book, there is rough terrain to trek through, lots of moose to find, and fun descriptive words to learn.

Author Phyllis Root has been lucky enough to see a moose. Born on Valentine’s Day in Indiana, Root is the author of more than thirty books for children including, Aunt Nancy and the Bothersome Visitors, Who Said Boo?, and The House That Jill Built and lives in Minneapolis.

Randy Cecil has illustrated the picture books My Father the Dog, We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!, and One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book. The author and illustrator of the picture books Gator and Duck, Cecil lives in Houston.

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