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Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham & Paul O. Zelinski | Book Review

Trevor Laurence Jockims The Children’s Book Review | February 15, 2014

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Z is for Moose

Story by Kelly Bingham; Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Reading level: 4-8

Hardcover: 32 Pages

Publisher: Greenwillow Books (February 28, 2012)

What to expect: Animals, Alphabet, Humor

A fresh and funny twist on alphabet books that will have parents and children laughing.

Moose is so excited to be in this ABC book that the letter M is simply too long to wait. Already at the letter A—for Apple—Moose can be seen peaking around the corner of the page, anxious to make his entrance. By the letter D he has jumped in front of a patient Duck, scaring him out of the way. At this point, a funny and tumultuous battle ensues between Moose and Zebra (cleverly cast as a referee, stripes and all), as Moose—awkward, clumsy, but loveable—makes his way up and down the pages, bumping into an Elephant, mugging in front of a Hat, and even hiding inside the pouch of a Kangaroo.

When his big moment finally comes, and the page is turned to the letter M … there’s a Mouse on the page! The Zebra, sounding like a heartless casting agent, dismissively says, “I’m sorry. We decided to go with the mouse this time.” At this point, all bets are off, as Moose tramples past an Owl, a Pie, and a Queen. Thankfully, the Zebra sees how much it means to Moose to be in the book, and even though Moose thinks it’s too late, it isn’t: On the page for the letter Z, Moose and Zebra stand together to describe the last letter of the book: “Z is for Zebra’s friend, Moose.”

Kelly Bingham is to be credited for writing an ABC book that enlivens a genre that is pretty difficult to make new, and also for using humor to teach. Illustrated with playfulness by Paul O. Zelinsky, Z is for Moose is a great book for children who know their alphabet well enough to understand the humor of a Moose trying to enter before his letter has come up.

Add this book to your collection: Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Reviewed by Trevor Laurence Jockims.

Discover more picture books on The Children’s Book Review illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Trevor Laurence Jockims lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. He has reviewed books for The Times Literary Supplement, Book Forum, The Believer, and elsewhere. He completed a PhD in Comparative Literature, and teaches writing at New York University.

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