Book Review: This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld


This is a Moose is a great picturebook written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. When a movie director tries to capture the life of the average moose on film, he is in for a big surprise. The moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose, he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon. To upset the director further his friends and family come to help, and they are just as unexpected as a moose astronaut. A great story about breaking expectations, following dreams, and accepting others.

I really loved This is a Moose. the illustrations are a perfect match to the text, with small details that you might miss the first read, but will delight on the second or third reading. the director really wants to make a documentary about moose and how they really live in the forest. An astronut moose does not fit this moldn nor does his grandmother moose that plays lacrosse, or a giraffe in the woods, or a superhero chipmunk. However, a slingshot to the moon and the realization that the director is a little different as well has the entire group embracing the moose for his own dreams and quirks. Soon they are all enjoying a new documentary. 

This is a Moose is a great book and conversation starting on a number of topics; like following dreams, people that go against convention, and accepting others. I really loved the illustrations, text, and messages which make the book an all around winner. 

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