Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Margie Palatini
Illustrator:  Henry Cole 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to and up
Hyperion, 2000   ISBN: 978-0786805679

Moose is determined that with "orderly organization" and "just plain old Moose know -how" he will pull of the "perfectly perfect" Christmas celebration. He goes to work with a will and with enough energy for several moose. With his extremely long list in hoof Moose sets about writing cards and letters, shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, and decorating. Everything goes "perfectly perfect" until Moose’s children and wife point out that he has forgotten to get a Christmas tree.

Being the game and ever loving moose father and husband that he is Moose tries to find a tree but it is Christmas Eve night and there are no trees to be found anywhere. What on earth can this poor, heavily moosetacheod animal do? Will his plans for creating the "perfectly perfect" Christmas be ruined?

There can be no doubt that preparing for Christmas can be hard work sometimes. Though one might plan and organize, make lists and check things off lists, all too often something gets forgotten. For everyone who has forgotten to get the ham, who did not address the cards, who forgot to defrost the turkey, and who did not leave out the cookies for Santa, this book is a welcome and hilarious treat. We see that Christmas will still come if something is left undone and that with a little creativity anyone can find a way to make do with what is on hand. We also cannot help feeling that Moose has to be just about the kindest and most self-sacrificing moose around. Bless him and his stupendous "moustache."

A laugh-out-loud intermittently rhyming text, and deliciously funny illustrations make this a winning Christmas picture book title.