Rating: 4 1/2 stars
“What About Moose?” is a lovely and funny picture book by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez; it’s illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi.
The authors’ rhymes are as smooth as silk and as flowing as the flowing-est robes. The metric movement and consistency are impressive, indeed, and that’s just all the technical stuff.
The story demonstrates that terrific quality that makes us identify with the characters: As we read about Moose giving orders, acting as director as his animal friends build a treehouse, and absolutely refusing to do any of the heavy work himself, we think, ”Boy, do I know a few people exactly like him!”
Kids will love reading this one aloud or hearing an adult read it to them. It’s easy and fun ’cause the rhyme’s so well-done. And when Moose faces his inevitable come-uppance, everyone will happily agree, Yeah, he had it coming! “What About Moose?” will be fun for all.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover picture book provided by Atheneum Books for Young Readers for review purposes.