‘If the S in Moose Comes Loose’ by Peter Hermann, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, is a fun and adventurous story about a moose whose letters break apart, making it impossible for him to be who he is, while his cow friend hurries around trying to put him back together again. Playing with words is always fun, and showing children through a story like this how words are very adaptable based on just one letter gives the story an invigorating quality. Cow has to use his knowledge of what letters other words have to find the letters he needs to glue moose’s letters back together. From searching for an “L” and finding a “lake” to exchanging the “L” for a “C” to make “cake,” all the while trying to form the letters to make the word “glue,” there is much fun to be had in Hermann and Cordell’s story. Cow’s insistence on making things right shows how the power of letters is not the only important theme at work in the story, as friendship and hard work are also quite evident.
Language, despite seeming easy when you know the words, can still be a mystery at times. ‘If the S in Moose Comes Loose’ proves that this is really true, and the fact that it is reminiscent of a similarly themed kids’ show, Word World, makes it even more engaging through familiarity, for those who have both seen the show and read this book. Definitely recommended for young children, as they will be spelling out words and testing out sounds as they read.
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*Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*