Perfect Picture Book Friday – Z Is For Moose

I’m so excited that it’s Perfect Picture Book Friday because this week I found a brand new book that is so good I can’t wait to share it with you!

(As we have not yet settled on an official PPBF snack, grab your cheesecake, popcorn, milk and cookies, or fruit inspired treat and get ready:))

I don’t know about you, but for me, there are some books I love because I loved them as a child, and some I love because I loved them with my children.  There are some I like that end up growing into love.  But of the many, many picture books I read, there aren’t a lot that grab me from the first read and make me want to tell everyone I know about them.  Today’s book is one of those books.  I was genuinely delighted when I read it, and afterwards all I could think was man! I wish I’d thought of that and written that book!!! 🙂

Are you ready?  Here it is 🙂

Z Is For Moose
Written By: Kelly Bingham
Illustrated By: Paul O. Zelinsky
Greenwillow Books, 2012, Fiction

Suitable For: ages 3-7

Themes/Topics: alphabet, friendship, humor, patience, problem solving

Opening: “A is for Apple.  B is for Ball.  C is for Cat.  D is for Moose.  “Moose? No. Moose does not start with D.  You are on the wrong page.”

Brief Synopsis:  (from the book summary) “Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.”

Links To Resources: This book was released on February 28 (I told you it was brand new!) and try as I might, I couldn’t find any activities online!  No coloring pages or anything – nothing on Kelly’s or Paul’s sites.  So here are a few other things to try: Alphabet Activities, More Alphabet Activities, How To Draw A Moose, How To Draw A Zebra, have kids “direct” their own alphabet book – what would they choose to illustrate each letter?  Now have them do the illustrations!

Why I Like This Book:  Well, it’s just perfect!  It’s so simple, yet so fun!  It starts out as you’d expect an alphabet book to – A is for Apple.  But by the D page things have already turned topsy-turvy.  D is not for moose!  But Moose is so eager to get involved he can’t wait (and what child can’t relate to that?!)  On the E, F and subsequent pages he wonders, now? now?  He bumps into Elephant,  He sneaks in around the edges.  He runs along the label of the jam jar.  K.  L.  And at last, M!!!  But Moose is in for a rude surprise… followed by angry Moose…. followed by sad Moose… until in the end, Zebra finds a way to make it right, leaving Moose so delighted that on the end papers he begs, “Can we do it again?”  The story plays on the alphabet’s predictability/familiarity by going in an unexpected direction.  The art is absolutely fabulous, chock full of humorous detail, making the most of every opportunity for fun.  Do you want to know how much I love this book?  I am buying a copy for my granddaughter!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

As you all know, as a small thank you to all of you who work so hard on Perfect Picture Books, I randomly pick a winner from the PPB bloggers each month to receive a prize – you get one entry for every book you add in the month.  November’s winner was Stacy, December’s winner was Clar, and January’s was Miranda.  This month 32 bloggers added 112 books (not counting me)!  Thanks to the wonder that is random.org I am happy to announce this month’s winner is Jackie C of The Castle Library!  Jackie, please email me (handy button in sidebar) and let me know which prize you’d like.  I always have a random mixed bag of goodies lying around which changes from month to month… this month’s choice is hmmm…. you probably don’t want raccoon nest material… or those old socks… Here!  How about one of the following: a copy of Ann Whitford Paul’s book Writing Picture Books, or a copy of Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter’s book Spilling Ink, or a copy of The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, or a signed copy of April Fool, Phyllis! from yours truly.  Your pick!

Perfect Picture Book bloggers, please remember to add your post-specific link to the list below, and I hope you’ll all join me on Monday for the February Pitch Pick – it promises to be a good one!  Have a great weekend! 🙂

93 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Z Is For Moose

  1. Robyn Campbell says:

    Congrads to Jackie C!

    Susanna, brand newbie book. Cool! This is a refreshing take on the alphabet book. I love it! Love your activities! You rock. Adding it to my list. *waving*

  2. Julie says:

    Just looking at the cover makes me smile! I feel bad for Moose, but something tells me everything will work out just fine! Your granddaughter is so lucky!

  3. Loni Edwards says:

    This sounds like a great book! And what a better stamp of approval than a gift for the grandchild? Awesome! I will add it to the ever growing list.

    Congratulations to Jackie C! Wow, 32 participants? That's wonderful!

    Have a great weekend!
    Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I think you would get a kick out of it, Erik! The illustrations take a great story idea and kick it up about 10 notches – i's really very well done! (And I'm glad he makes things right too – that's what friends should do :))

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    YOu seriously will love this one, Robyn! It's everything a picture book should be, and as writers it has A LOT to teach us. The whole thing can't be more than 200-250 words (not sure, I didn't count) and it's just the perfect package – entertaining, good message, short and sweet!

  6. Catherine Johnson says:

    Congrats Jackie! And I forgot to mention on Erik's post how awesome Phyllis was in the scholastic book 🙂

    Love your pick today Susanna, it sounds like a great lesson for everyone and a lot of fun.

  7. Catherine Johnson says:

    p.s. With the school run coming up and then dog walk and play group, I won't know for ages if my link worked, but I'll check again as soon as I'm back. Have a great day!

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I'll check it for you right now and make sure it's up!

    Catherine Johnson (unregistered) wrote, in response to Catherine Johnson (unregistered):

    p.s. With the school run coming up and then dog walk and play group, I won't know for ages if my link worked, but I'll check again as soon as I'm back. Have a great day!

    Link to comment

  9. Joanna Marple says:

    I have to agree that it is rare that a picture book just grabs me first read and I have to holler to everyone about it! I trust your hollering and think I would have been like Moose, wanting to get onto every page!

  10. Laura Marcella says:

    I must by this book for all my nieces and nephews!! It features a zebra!! But also because it sounds really cute and enjoyable. I love your picture book recommendations, Susanna!

  11. Renee LaTulippe says:

    This just appeared in my inbox from Amazon yesterday and I thought it looked delightful! Poor Moose – I'm glad he found his place. (He draws antlers on the snake? I'm SOLD!) Thanks for giving me a peek inside…this one is right up my alley (and also on the “why didn't I think of that” list).

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Oh, lucky you to meet Paul Zelinksy! And you're an artist, so it must have been really awesome! I am NOT crafty AT ALL, but that is so great I might have to learn quilting (in all my spare time :))

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    You have toddler boys – this will be right up their alley for sure! (He draws antlers on R also, but I can't remember what is on the R page!) You know how they say there are no new ideas, just new twists? Well, she sure thought up a good new twist! 🙂 The dedication is to (I think) her sons, one of whom asked for a funny book… 🙂

  14. Beth Stilborn says:

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book, Susanna! I have seen the title online, and have wondered about it. Now I know I can recommend it to a friend who is looking for (among other things) alphabet books. (And yes, I pointed her to the PPB list!)

    Congratulations to the Queen of the Castle for her win!

  15. pennyklostermann says:

    Congrats to Jackie C.

    This book looks like it's right up my alley. I saw mention of it somewhere else this week, but I can't remember where. The cover looked cute and your review has confirmed that cute goes beyond the cover. It's on my list!

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I came across it quite by accident when I was in the book store the other day, and I'm so glad I read it – such a fun book! I hope your friend picks it up, because it's really a good one. And thanks for pointing her to PPB 🙂

  17. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I returned to the top to see if the book was written and illustrated by the same person. After I confirmed it was not, I'm having to resist the urge to go buy it now to check it out vs. reading other ppbf entries. Congrats to Jackie C.

  18. Kirsten Larson says:

    Funny. It reminds me of “Kipper's A to Z” where they have to keep telling the eager zebra, “No, not yet!”

  19. Clarike Bowman-Jahn says:

    Congratulations, Jackie, for winning the PPBF blogging fun!

    Z is for Moose sounds delightful. Wish I had a grandchild young enough for this. Mine is almost all grown out of picture books (but we still read them out loud to him), that's what grandparents can do.

  20. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    WOW…hot off the presses. 🙂 This looks like a great alphabet book…kids will love the humor of Moose not being able to wait for his turn. 🙂 I think they will definitely relate to that!
    Congrats to Jackie…I don't know how she will pick from the great selection you are offering her…that is so sweet of you, Susanna…but I know all of us are doing PPBF because we LOVE it and feel it is such a valuable resource you are putting together. 🙂
    Happy B-day, Dr. Seuss!!!!

  21. tiltonph says:

    Boy you are bouncing off the pages with excitement. It sounds absolutely delightful. What a great lesson that all kids can relate to. Very creative. Love to find a brand new book, but also find that it's hard to find a resource. But, your activity suggestions are great!

  22. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    If you haven't seen it yet, Vivian, I think you'll really like it! And thanks for your kind words about PPBF – I so appreciate everyone who is involved, and we're gathering such a great resource!

  23. patientdreamer says:

    Thats a lovely book Susanna and like Pat below me said you are certainly bouncing off the walls with this one. “Everyone quick go out and grab it”…. there, I holled it out for ya….. lol. It looks like a fun read as well.
    Gee… no matter what I do even staying up late and posting my PPBF link (so I'm early), I get up in the morning to find it still never makes it here…. what on earth am I doing WRONG??? 😦 I am sure everyone will think I am not posting one today…. *sigh*. oh well here it is if your interested.. Stefania's dancing slippers … on my blog http://thepatientdreamer.com/2012/03/03/perfect-picture-book-friday-9/#comments …. scratches head and wanders off back to bed…. no snickering… its Saturday morning here I'm allowed to go back and catch up on some more sleep…lol

  24. Amy Dixon says:

    Oh, this one looks cute. Love the title, too, so clever. Picture book writers sure are a smart bunch 🙂 Thanks, Susanna!

    And congrats to Jackie on her big win!

    p.s. my link didn't seem to take the first time I posted it, so I just posted it again and now can see it at number 23. Hope I didn't duplicate anything!

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