HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Even That Moose Won’t Listen to Me
Author and Illustrator: Martha G. Alexander
Publisher: Trumpet Club, republished in 1992
ISBN-13: 978-0803701878 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 080370187X (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0440847328 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 044084732X (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: 3 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Alexander, Martha G. Even That Moose Won’t Listen to Me (published in 1988 by Dial; republished in 1991 by Puffin). In this “boy cries wolf” type of cautionary tale, Rebecca is a little girl who is known for spinning stories, so when she repeatedly warns her family that a giant marauding moose is helping himself in the garden, neither her brother nor her mother believe her, and her father is interested only in his football game on television. “When I have a little girl, I’ll always listen to her,” Rebecca vows. Undaunted, she tries various means to get rid of the moose, armed only with her monster suit and accompanied by her dog Homer for moral support. At first, it appears as if the moose, too, will ignore Rebecca, but her efforts eventually pay off.
After the moose has wiped out the garden, he takes off. Then when her family discovers the ravaged garden, Rebecca simply informs them that she is busy and will tell them all about it later. The story can be read literally or accepted as if it is entirely Rebecca’s fantasy. Either way, children can sympathize with the heroine’s frustration at not being listened to but also learn that it is important always to tell the truth. Publishers Weekly says, “Whimsical, humorous and expressive, the pastel-colored illustrations enhance the story’s pleasures.” When our older son Mark was in second grade, we took a trip to Maine and had him read this book in preparation with the hope that we might see a moose. Unfortunately, we didn’t.