Gerstein, Mordicai

Moose, Goose, and Mouse

(2) PS Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein & Jeff Mack. A green moose, a pink mouse, and a blue goose all live in a rickety house. Deciding they've had enough of this dirty and drippy dwelling, they dream up a new home for themselves with some very important criteria: it must be sunny, funny...and have a bunny. A raucous, semi-rhyming journey ensues when "Moose, Goose, and Mouse took a train in the rain to look for a house." Their ride in the caboose (where else?) takes them up and down a series of hills when suddenly--"ooooops!"--the caboose comes loose. Much to the animals' surprise, their roller coaster of a train ride helps them find just what they were looking for. Gerstein and Mack's watercolor, ink, and digital collage illustrations come to life through bold colors and thin outlines that reverberate with every wiggle, wobble, bonk, and crash; an appended note by Mack explains their bittersweet collaboration (Gerstein, before his death, asked Mack to complete the work). Simple sentences with predictable structures and plenty of rhyme will both support independent readers and make for comedic read-alouds. Fans of Jan Thomas's picture books and Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie series will happily befriend this trio of whimsical creatures in their delightfully slapstick adventure.


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