Tue 9 Feb 2010
My only exposure to moose has been through reruns of “Northern Exposure.” So when I read Bettina Restrepo’s picture book Moose and Magpie (Sylvan Dell, 2009) I learned a lot.
I had no idea, for example, that male moose lose their huge antlers every winter. Or that bugs, birds and mice eat the discarded antlers.
I didn’t know that moose are good swimmers and sometimes will swim up to five miles as they migrate to find a mate. (I didn’t even know moose migrated, for that matter.)
And I didn’t know that baby moose can outrun people and swim when they’re only a few days old.
All these facts, and more, are woven into the book along with a lot of puns, plays on words and some groaningly bad moose-related jokes that today’s guest reviewer, Darius, especially appreciated.
Take it away, Darius!
Our reviewer: Darius
I like: Playing basketball. Playing with my friends. Playing video games like “Smackdown.”
This book was about: A moose and a bird are good friends. They live by the willow tree. The bird tells lots of jokes. Moose wants to tell a joke, but can’t think of one until the end.
The best part was when: The moose gave the bird a ride on his antlers across the stream.
I laughed when: Moose finally told a joke. “Why doesn’t a moose change his long underwear in the winter? Because it’s attached to his skin.”
This book taught me: Moose have two layers of hair. The hair close to their skin is like long underwear because it keeps them warm. Their top hair helps the moose float.
I was surprised that: The book is about a moose and a bird, but there is a beaver and skunk and a raccoon in the pictures. They do funny stuff. But they don’t say anything.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: All the jokes the bird tells. And the boxes that have information about moose.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Moose.” “Underwear.” “Magpie.”
My favorite line or phrase in this book is: “Okay, so two moose walked into a lodge …”
You should read this book because: It tells you a lot about moose. Like that they lose their antlers every year.
Darius thinks it would be fun to be a moose because he’d like having antlers, even if they itched when they grew in. “I’d just rub my head on a tree,” he said.