cover image Even That Moose Won't Listen to Me

Even That Moose Won't Listen to Me

Martha Alexander. Dial Books, $11.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-0187-8

When Rebecca, known for spinning stories, reports that a giant moose is helping himself in the garden, her family turns a deaf ear. ""When I have a little girl, I'll always listen to her,'' Rebecca vows. Undaunted, she sets out to chase the unlikely but nonetheless tangible visitor away, armed only with her monster suit and accompanied by her dog for moral support. At first, it looks as if the moose, too, will ignore Rebecca, but her determination eventually pays off. Once again, Alexander demonstrates an accurately childlike sensibility. Whether they read the story literally or accept it entirely as the heroine's fantasy, children will sympathize with Rebecca's frustration at not being listened to and will derive satisfaction from what results. Whimsical, humorous and expressive, the pastel-colored illustrations enhance the story's pleasures. Ages 3-7. (March)