Moose? Yes, Moose! When a movie director tries to capture the life of a moose on film, he's in for a big surprise. It turns out the moose has a dream bigger then just being a moose--he wants to be an astronaut and go to the moon.
His forest friends step in to help him, and action ensues. Lots of action. Like lacrosse-playing grandmas, a gigantic slingshot into space, and a flying, superhero chipmunk. In the end, the director learns that dreams do and should come true--and renames the film This is an Astronaut.
In this remarkably clever and funny romp, Richard T. Morris and bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Tom Lichtenheld, remind us to dream big and, when we do, to aim for the moon.
"Morris gives This is a Moose an unexpected and lively structure. 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 northern morning as the fog begins to lift."
The New York Times
* "Morris' story is filled with child-friendly humor that is 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... Certain to elicit gales of giggles. A humorous-make that hysterical-homage to movies and big dreams."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Richard T. Morris is the author of Bye-Bye, Baby! (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2009). He is also a regular contributor to Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer's Spilling Ink creative writing blog. He lives in New Jersey with his family.