Moose’s Book Bus by Inga Moore. Candlewick, 2021. 9781536217674
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? The first thing you notice about Moose’s Book Bus is the illustrations. They are done in pencil, pastel and wash and give off a warm and pixely feel. The hues are warm browns, deep greens with occasional pops of color to add to the fun, calm, and reassuring text. The story follows Moose, the family storyteller, as he realizes he has run out of stories to tell. When he goes to borrow books from his neighbors, he finds that they don’t have any. His brilliant idea to borrow the books from the library leads to such a crowd of requests that he has to revamp an old bus to hold them all. He also finds that he needs to teach his neighbors to read. All ends happily with multiple households in the village enjoying the books including a pile of animals in Moose’s house listening, once again, to his stories.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Well, of course, all us children’s librarians are going to love the book bus/library theme. This is just a fun and warm picture book for kids.
Who should buy this book? Any establishment that works with young kids- daycares, nursery schools, elementary school libraries, public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:
Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: October 31, 2021