A movie director attempts to make a documentary about a moose, but the moose is having none of it. He refuses to do ordinary moose things like eating leaves, drinking from lakes and, well, what moose and bears do in the woods. This moose has loftier ambitions; he wants to be an astronaut! His friends - a lacrosse-playing granny, a giraffe who wants to be a doctor, and a superhero chipmunk - are there to lend a hand. It's a hilarious romp with an astronomical ending. Along the way, we learn the importance of friendship, big dreams, and rocket-powered canoes.
"Morris' story is filled with child-friendly humor, cleverly matched by Lichtenheld's comic ink, pencil and gouache paintings. The pair captures personality (lots of it), action and adventure, along with some old-fashioned filmmaking tropes. A humorous - make that hysterical - homage to movies and big dreams."
KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
"A rambunctious and hilarious story of embracing the unexpected."
BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW
"Morris' story is full of loud and cheerful mayhem...Deadpan delivery, sharp timing, and Lichtenheld's antic artwork all contribute to high-octane entertainment that also addresses defying expectations, not to mention gravity."
"The illustrations are hilarious, and Lictenheld's attention to detail will have kids scouring every page. The message to break down stereotypes and push past social constraints is clear but isn't delivered in a sappy, predictable manner. A perfect vehicle to introduce such topics in a safe and engaging way."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
". . .A future classic."
"Lichtenheld is a master of texture: His fir trees look spiky; the duck’s beret has the soft thickness of felt; and the blue sky, with delicate variations in color, has the opacity of a northern morning as the fog begins to lift. Compare this with the average digitally colored picture book and your eyes can almost feel the difference."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The tension builds, with the aid of Lichtenheld's hilarious drawings of hipster bears and daredevil chipmunks, and the surprises keep coming, right up to the final page. A rare marriage of art and text, "This is a Moose" is a witty parody of film cliches."
"The combination of earthy "moose" tones and chaotic fonts in the illustrations, along with playful text and surprise ending, make this book a humorous celebration of individuality, growth and freedom."
CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
"Clever dialogue and illustrations entertain and could also be used for discussion or writing about what students think they are expected to be and what they desire. A glossary of filmmaking terms extends the use of this hilarious picture book that will be read many times by youngsters before they find all of the innuendos."
LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
- 2016 Beehive Picture Book Nominee
- 2016 Illinois Monarch Award Master List
- 2015-16 Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior List
- 2015-16 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Selection
- International Literacy Association 2015 Choices List
- 2015 Outstanding Book, Wisconsin Library Association
- 2015 Cooperative Children's Book Center Selection
- 2015 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist
- Best Children's Books of 2014, Kirkus Reviews
- Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice 2014
- Best Picture Books 2014, Imagination Soup
- Best Books of the Year: Ages 3-5, Amazon
- 2014 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award: Children's Picture Books
- Chicago Public Library, Best Picture Books of 2014 selection
- 2014 Cybils Award Finalist