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Lights! Camera! Moose!
MOOSE? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose — he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.
His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like a lacrosse-playing grandma, a gigantic slingshot into space, and a flying, superhero chipmunk.
In this hilarious romp, Richard T. Morris and bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld remind us to dream big and, when we do, to aim for the moon.
"Morris (Bye-Bye, Baby!) and Lichtenheld (Steam Train, Dream Train) preside over loud and cheerful mayhem as animal moviemakers try to film a serious moose documentary ('This is the mighty moose,' it opens) but are thwarted by a group of stars that refuse to be typecast. Their subject, wearing a homemade space helmet, announces that he wants to be an astronaut. In lipstick and pearls, Grandmother Moose says that she always wanted to be a lacrosse goalie: 'Go ahead! Whip a shot in!' she challenges, 'I'll stiff you, sonny!' Defying the documentary project and its bossy, imperious director, the other woodland creatures (including a giraffe with medical aspirations) conspire to send the astronaut moose into space with an oversize rubber band: 'SPROING!' Deadpan delivery, sharp timing, and Lichtenheld's antic artwork all contribute to high-octane entertainment that also addresses defying expectations, not to mention gravity. Amid the fun, the punchline (the duck director's realization that he isn't acting any more 'natural' than the moose is) offers an opportunity to discuss double standards. Ages 3 6. Author's agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
In researching this book, Richard T. Morris lived for two years among a herd of wild moose in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where he survived on roots and- cut! Sorry. He made this whole story up. Richard is actually the author of Bye-Bye, Baby!
(Walker/Bloomsbury, 2009). He is also a regular contributor to Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer's Spilling Ink creative writing blog. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
As a child, Tom Lichtenheld wanted to be a clown when he grew up. But when he found out that being a clown required riding around in a tiny car with a bunch of other clowns, he decided to become a children's book illustrator instead. Tom is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About? and the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book Shark vs. Train, which was a Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year. His other bestsellers include Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Exclamation Mark, and Duck! Rabbit! He lives in Illinois with his wife. He invites you to visit his website at www.tomlichtenheld.com.