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The little moose who couldn't go to sleep : a Maynard Moose tale
Claflin, Willy, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Atlanta : August House Little Folk, [2013]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm + 1 audio disc (21 min. ; digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Little Moose learns the value of a good night's sleep.
Reading Level:
AD 720 Lexile.
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Another Maynard Moose Tale from the award-winning author, Willy Claflin. If you love Maynard Moose tales from the Northern Piney Woods, then be forewarned, this book might just be the funniest yet. The fourth installment in the Maynard Moose series, provides the back story for the Maynard Moose tales. In this whimsical telling of how Little Moose struggled with going to sleep each night, you'll meet Little Moose (Maynard's youngest cousin and his favorite kin), her parents Mr. and Mrs. Moose, the sheep, and most importantly, you'll learn the legend of Mother Moose and her kitchen. You'll also visit Moose Academy where young moose go to learn proper posture, Woodland Skills and counting to three over and over again. Follow Little Moose as she flies through this story. Young readers will relate to her struggle to fall asleep. Little Moose resorts to the tried and true trick of counting sheep, but one those sheep lands right in her room, and off they go This whimsically illustrated story also includes a CD along with a Moose to English dictionary. This whimsical addition to the Maynard Moose chronicles will teach readers the importance of caring, respect and responsibility.

Author Notes

Willy Claflin is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, singer, and storyteller. He performs his tales across the nation, assisted by Maynard Moose, the last-known teller of ancient Mother Moose tales. Willy grew up an only child in the woods of New Hampshire and spent his childhood daydreaming and impersonating the local wildlife. The Maynard Moose series, co-authored by the Moose himself has won numerous awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award, Storytelling World Award and the NAPPA Gold Award. When he isn't performing, Willy resides in San Francisco, with his wife Jacqueline. James Stimson is the illustrator of the award-winning series of Maynard Moose Tales and was both author and illustrator of Thirteen O'Clock. Also an accomplished animator, James has worked in feature film animation, notably James and the Giant Peach, as well as commercial illustration. When he isn't working, James lives in northern California.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Claflin shares another tale from the renowned storyteller, Maynard the Moose. Although it might be challenging to read aloud because of the length and frequent use of Moose language, readers with a dramatic flair will have a wonderful time entertaining listeners. The author provides a glossary to help translate some of the Moose words, most of which are simply twisted versions of English words. Little Moose has difficulty falling asleep because his head is filled with ideas. And when he does not sleep, he has a hard time waking up and paying attention in school. Many suggestions are given to Little Moose to help him relax, like sleeping in a tub of mashed potatoes or counting sheep. Counting sheep for Little Moose is not a monotonous repetition of numbers to make him drowsy, but rather turns into a tale of sheep in outer space. Despite the convoluted adventures of the sheep, Maynard does fall asleep. His troubles are over, and he has a successful day at school. This book is not for everyone; readers must enjoy silliness, wordplay, and flights of fancy that do not always make sense. Further, the grammatical liberties that the author uses would not make this a good book for reinforcing English language skills. However, if readers have enjoyed previous Maynard books, they need to wait no longer for more moosie silliness. As with previous Claflin books, an audio CD is included.-Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.