Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

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Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates Kelly Bingham's outrageously funny, critically acclaimed, and boundary-breaking story about a moose, a zebra, and the alphabet! Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as ABC, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas!

Zebra thinks the alphabet should be simple. A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Easy! But his friend Moose is too excited to wait his turn, and when M isn't for Moose (Mouse gets the honor), the rest of the letters better run for cover. Exuberant and zany storytelling brings to life two friends and one laugh-out-loud comedy of errors that's about friendship, sharing, and compromise. The incomparable Paul O. Zelinsky's artwork is bursting at the seams—literally—with child appeal. Breaking the borders of the page, and creating the art both digitally and traditionally, Zelinsky turns convention on its head. The result is a picture book that is innovative, hilarious, and begging to be read over and over again.

Named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association

Supports the Common Core State Standards

 

About Kelly Bingham

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Kelly Bingham has been a storyboard artist, story supervisor, and director and is now a full-time writer. She is the author of Shark Girl, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Ellijay, Georgia. You can visit her online at www.kellybinghamonline.com.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Zebra tries to console the despondent moose, telling him he can still be in the book even though the only letter left is Z.

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A wry twist on an alphabet story makes for laugh-out-loud fun.

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Zelinsky (Dust Devil) frames the pages as a conventional alphabet book, setting Moose loose on the staged setting.

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Common Sense Media

then, when it's finally the M page, he finds that in this book, M is for Mouse, and he goes nuts -- stomping on the pie on the P page, upsetting the queen on the Q page -- and tries to worm his way onto every other letter's page until finally giving up in tears on the xylophone.

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then, when it's finally the M page, he finds that in this book, M is for Mouse, and he goes nuts -- stomping on the pie on the P page, upsetting the queen on the Q page -- and tries to worm his way onto every other letter's page until finally giving up in tears on the xylophone.

May 20 2015 | Read Full Review of Z Is for Moose

Shelf Awareness

"The e-book, by eliminating all variations in the appearance and weight of the material object we hold in our hand and by discouraging anything but our focus on where we are in the sequence of words (the page once read disappears, the page to come has yet to appear) would seem to bring us closer ...

Feb 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Z Is for Moose

Shelf Awareness

When Zebra sees how crushed Moose is, well, let's just say that your youngster will delight in finding every single cast member on the final page, just like a curtain call.

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Bookalicious

Children will be watching for the moose on each page and will also be shouting out which animal goes with which letter as you read until there is a compromise in the end.

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