NZ Writer and Illustrator
Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
The Moose and the Goose
Scholastic New Zealand 2014 $19.50pb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 7754 3150 3
Themes: Bears/ Funny stories/ Geese/ Moose/ Stories in rhyme/ Train rides
Bear and Moose and Miss Lucy-Ruth Goose go on a train trip together – a very special train that boasts a caboose. And, I have to confess I was a bit shaky about what a caboose actually was – it turns out to be a shelter for the crew coupled on at the end of a freight train and was in use up until the 1980s.
Amazing rhyme (some needs a bit of practise because of its tongue twister nature) and a great team collaboration from the writer and the illustrator. Maybe nothing much happens as far as plot goes (except to say there IS a marriage) but everyone – the characters, the listeners and the reader aloud have a lot of fun and the frantic pace never stops.Preschool up/ Age 4 up