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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Moose at the Bus Stop by Terry Cook



A Moose at the Bus Stop, written and illustrated by Terry Cook, is a fun rhyming story about a moose that visits kids as they wait for the bus to school.  The story begins with the daughter coming home from school to tell her mother the exciting news of the moose that came to their bus stop.  The girl describes the moose and the feelings and actions of the kids in this adventure.  Of course, her mother is skeptical that this is a true story – a wild beast that sits calmly letting kids hang their belongings from its antlers, really?  If only she had proof.  It’s a sweet story with a cute ending.

Children will relate to the idea of a moose come to play with them and serve as a hat rack to store their clothing, lunches, and such while they play and wait for the bus.  It’s natural for kids to let their imaginations run wild.  It’s also not surprising that the girl’s mother wouldn’t believe her fanciful tale.  Of course, most parents love to hear the stories their kids have made up to while away their waiting time.  There’s never a dull moment with a vivid imagination.

Terry Cook illustrated her book with what looks like “crayon” or colored pencil artwork, which totally appeals to children.  Her pictures are realistic enough to convey the story and the emotions of the characters, but “cartoonish” enough to be entertaining and silly.  At every point in the story it’s clear what’s happening and how each character is feeling.

Teachers, parents and children will all enjoy this rhyming story.  It will be a fun read aloud for all.  Each stanza begins with a two word introduction, such as:   
Mom! Mom!  Moose! Moose!  Trees! Trees!  Wild! Wild!  Scared! Scared!  Then the story unfolds as follows:

Mom! Mom!                                                  Moose! Moose!
I’ve something to tell you!                             A moose at my bus stop!
I’ve something to say—                                A great hairy beast.
I want you to listen.                                      I am not pretending—
It happened today!                                       Twelve feet tall at least!

The ending is perfect.  The story is accompanied by "Moose Fun Facts" at the end for further discussion.
 

Available from Guardian Angel Publishing: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/moose.htm

18 comments:

  1. Well, the book sounds simply adorable,and your review was delightful Penny. I wish your great success with "A Moose at the Bus Stop" Terry.

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    1. Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping by and for your support. This book should make for fun reading.

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  2. Terry is terrific and so is the moose she created I hope he has many more adventures

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    1. Thanks, Lucy, wishing Terry much success with her Moose stories!

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  3. It sounds like a book kids will enjoy.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks so much for your support and comments. Yes, I'm sure it will result in some giggles.

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  4. The title is priceless. The part you shared reminds me a bit of Dr. Seuss. He had things like this happen in his books. And anyone who can illustrate AND write too--WOW! I wish I had that talent. :)

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    1. Hi Margo, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I agree to write and illustrate your stories like Terry is wonderful.

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  5. Thank you for sharing the review, Penny. It looks and sounds like a fun book. Congratulations to Terry. Nice job on the writing and illustrating!

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    1. Hi Connie, Thanks for your comments. Appreciate your support. Wishing success to Terry.

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  6. Great review, as always, Penny. This sounds like a winner!

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    1. Hi Melissa, Thanks for your support. I enjoy reviewing and help getting the word out.

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  7. Sounds adorable! Thanks for sharing the book with us.

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    1. Hi Kai, thanks for your comments and support. Cute story idea and illustrations from Terry. Maybe more adventures to come?

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  8. I have very friendly feeling toward Mooses. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks for your comments. Wishing Terry success with her moose story and hope for more.







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  9. This is the cutest thing. I was just telling one of my critique group menbers about the book. Thanks, Ladies!

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    1. Hi Nancy, Thanks for your comments and sharing with your group to help get the word out.

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