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The Invisible Moose

The Invisible Moose

Dennis Haseley
Illustrator:   Steven Kellogg 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Penguin, 2008   ISBN: 978-0142410660

There once was a shy young male moose who was in love with a beautiful and kind lady moose. Many of the male moose “tried to win her hoof” by fighting in front of her, but the shy moose had twisted antlers, and he felt that he had no chance with the beautiful moose.

One day the shy moose finally got up the courage to talk to the object of his affection, but before he could say anything meaningful, a huge machine arrived on the scene and the wild-animal trapper driving the machine kidnapped the girl moose. The tough male moose tried to rescue her, but they were shot at by hunters, and they had to retreat into the safety of the woods. The young moose was not willing to give up though. He saw that the big machine was going to a place called New York City and he decided that he would go to this place too.

The shy moose consulted Professor Owl McFowl who explained that New York City was a “faraway place” to the south. The young moose would never be able to get to the city unless he was invisible, which the Professor is able to arrange. Now invisible from his nose to his tail, the young moose sets off to save his beloved.

This heartwarming and often funny picture book explores the idea that true courage comes in all shapes and sizes, and that beauty comes from within.. You don’t have to look like a hero to be one, nor do you have to be handsome or beautiful to be lovable. In fact, you can be completely invisible and still have a true heart. With Steven Kellogg’s wonderful illustrations throughout, this is a picture book that tells a wonderful story while conveying a meaningful message.