Z Is for Moose

Z Is for Moose

By Kelly L. Bingham; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780060799847, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 2012


Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates Kelly Bingham's outrageously funny, critically acclaimed, and boundary-breaking story about a moose, a zebra, and the alphabet Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as ABC, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas

Zebra thinks the alphabet should be simple. A is for Apple. B is for Ball. Easy But his friend Moose is too excited to wait his turn, and when M isn't for Moose (Mouse gets the honor), the rest of the letters better run for cover. Exuberant and zany storytelling brings to life two friends and one laugh-out-loud comedy of errors that's about friendship, sharing, and compromise. The incomparable Paul O. Zelinsky's artwork is bursting at the seams literally with child appeal. Breaking the borders of the page, and creating the art both digitally and traditionally, Zelinsky turns convention on its head. The result is a picture book that is innovative, hilarious, and begging to be read over and over again.

Named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

About the Author
Kelly Bingham was a story artist and director for Walt Disney Feature Animation before obtaining her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. This is her first novel. Kelly Bingham lives in Ellijay, Georgia.

In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards--and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter--her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. In addition to being translated into more than twenty languages, her books have earned a wide array of honors--including two "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award Honors and the "Guardian" Award--and appeared on countless best-of-the-year lists. Her best-selling Howl's "Moving Castle" was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and was nominated for an Academy Award. Diana Wynne Jones was also honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, and she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007.

Praise For Z Is for Moose

“Everybody will be elated with this goofy new way of going from A to Z.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“This zany alphabet book will make children smile.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

“This laugh-out-loud romp of an abecedary features an impatient moose who just can’t wait for his turn.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“If you think you’ve seen every possible idea for an alphabet book played out, think again.”
-Horn Book (starred review)

“Just label it F for funny.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Readers accustomed to the usual list of letters will be giggling with suspense by the time ‘L is for Lollipop’ rolls around.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)