The Resource Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky

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

Label
Z is for Moose
Title
Z is for Moose
Statement of responsibility
by Kelly Bingham ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Publisher
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2013
  • Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Picture Books, 2014.
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Picture Books, 2012.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades K-2 This laugh-out-loud romp of an abecedary features an impatient moose who just can’t wait for his turn. There is something intrinsically funny about moose (the art has a Bullwinkle feel), and this overenthusiastic one prematurely pops up onstage at D, wearing a proud grin, with hapless Duck having been pushed out of the way. Zebra (sporting a referee’s black-striped shirt) leaps out from the corner, shouting, “Moose? No. Moose does not start with D. You are on the wrong page.” Moose then wanders onto Elephant’s page, Fox and Glove are forced to share a stage, and then Moose’s irrepressibly excited mug plops down from the ceiling, obscuring Hat: “Is it my turn yet?” Basically, he is like an antsy kid anticipating his big star turn at M, only to be heartbroken when Mouse is given that letter’s starring role. Zebra, though frustrated, is not deaf to Moose’s offstage sobbing (look to the title for his resolution to the problem). Ideal for kids who are past struggling to learn the alphabet and who will fully get the humor in Moose’s goofy antics. -- Foote, Diane (Reviewed 01-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 9, p96)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — This zany alphabet book will make children smile. Zebra, dressed in a referee's shirt and cap, acts as director of the book project, assigning appropriate objects or animals to represent each letter. Zebra's endeavor begins peacefully enough with "A is for Apple." Next comes "B is for Ball," and then "C is for Cat." Each animal or object cooperatively poses center stage on the neatly designed page, featuring a bright border and the letter of the moment displayed in colored print. When Zebra reaches "D," his orderly alphabetical display is disrupted by the overeager Moose, who lopes onto the page, displacing the Duck. Zebra rages at the hapless Moose, who then slinks onto "E's" page, bumping into the chagrined Elephant. Zebra struggles to proceed through the alphabet letter by letter as Moose continues to interrupt. To Moose's shock and dismay, Zebra decides to go with "M is for Mouse." He rampages throughout the rest of the alphabet ruining each entry while Zebra protests. When Moose finally breaks down in tears, Zebra relents. He allows Moose to appear on the last page of the book. "Z is for Zebra's friend, Moose." The amusing alphabetical adventure is told through hilarious mixed-media illustrations and dialogue bubbles. Unexpected details like Moose hiding in Kangaroo's pocket will delight young readers. Pair this title with Susan Heyboer O'Keefe's equally amusing Hungry Monster ABC (Little, Brown, 2007) or Tasha Tudor's more sedate A Is for Annabelle (S & S, 2001).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA --Linda L. Walkins (Reviewed March 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 03, p114)
  • /* Starred Review */ Move over, Interrupting Chicken. In Bingham (Shark Girl) and Zelinsky’s droll alphabet book, Moose expects to own the letter M, and he cannot contain his enthusiasm and impatience. As a polite Apple, Ball, Cat and others take their turns, the clownish Moose barges in. He pushes Duck out of the way, annoys Elephant, and pops out of Kangaroo’s pouch (a startled joey asks, “Mommy, who is that?”). Readers accustomed to the usual list of letters will be giggling with suspense by the time “L is for Lollipop” rolls around. “Here it comes!” chortles Moose, anticipating his M. Unfortunately, a serious-minded Zebra, who directs the alphabet and wears a referee shirt over his own stripes, has other ideas. Mayhem ensues as Moose throws a tantrum, stomping and scribbling on Pie, Queen, and Ring, and then sniffling as Zebra tries to protect Umbrella, Whale, and Xylophone. Zelinsky (Dust Devil) frames the pages as a conventional alphabet book, setting Moose loose on the staged setting. He and Bingham craft a witty meta-abecedary, disrupting the predictable ABCs and reveling in Moose’s antics. Ages 3–7. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 16, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 03, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A wry twist on an alphabet story makes for laugh-out-loud fun. Poor Moose. He tries to get into the alphabetic act on every letter page from D to L, but Zebra, who's directing the assemblage, insists it's not his turn yet and that he must move off the page. When it IS time for M, Zebra decides to go with Mouse, and Moose flips his antlers--well, his lid. Zebra tries to console the despondent moose, telling him he can still be in the book even though the only letter left is Z. Solution? Z becomes "Zebra's friend, Moose." How perfect that Z-elinsky is the illustrator. His often-elegant style turns comedic here, with brightly colored borders framing each letter in a simple scene. The borders become a design device for Moose, as he pokes his head over the edges or stomps the scene within angrily. In others, Moose tries to camouflage himself, as when he squeezes behind an Ice-cream cone or hitchhikes a ride in the Kangaroo's pouch. Dialogue balloons express Moose's eagerness, asking, "Now?" and declaring (mistakenly), "Here it comes!" Zebra, wearing a referee's black-and-white striped shirt and carrying a clipboard, answers, "NO, not yet!" Kids who are learning their ABCs or have just learned them will find this hysterical, and it has great potential for storytimes. Just label it F for funny. (Picture book. 4-6)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012)
Awards note
2 X 2 Reading List, 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10091689
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bingham, Kelly L.
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
Interest level
Grades K-4
LC call number
PZ7.B51181685
LC item number
Zai 2012
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
NLM call number
Bin
Reading level
0.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Zelinsky, Paul O.
  • Greenwillow Books
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alphabet
  • Moose
  • Zebras
  • Books and reading
  • Animals
  • Wit and humor, Juvenile
  • Alphabet
  • Moose
  • Zebras
  • Behavior
  • Humorous stories
  • Alphabet
  • Animals
  • Books and reading
  • Moose
  • Wit and humor, Juvenile
  • Zebras
Target audience
preschool
Label
Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn707022968
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060799847
Lccn
2011002148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060799847
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)707022968
Label
Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham ; pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn707022968
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060799847
Lccn
2011002148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060799847
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)707022968

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