I was wondering what to review next and I decided that my moose related items would be a good start. Since "The Thirsty Moose" was already on the Ciao database I thought I'd start there (perhaps dooyoo knew already that it wasn't a good product which is why it wasn't on their database) Unfortunately I knew that reviewing "The Thirsty Moose" would mean I'd have to re-read it...a book which traumatised me the first time round...
---Me, Amazon and Moose books!---
I discovered Amazon in 2001 when I found it was easier and cheaper to buy books for Uni online than from the campus library. In 2002 I discovered that there were moose books to be bought - prior to this I only had one moose book - and thus my moose library took off with 5 books in 2002, and followed with a further 10 in 2003.
"The Thirsty Moose" was one of 8 moose books I purchased in 2004 (August to be precise) and I spent £3.99 on it (which is the RRP) - it's actually eye opening (and scary financially) being able to see all of my purchases on Amazon over the past 11 years!
My moose library (which is in the Moosery AKA spare room) consists of approximately 50 children's books about moose (and a few reference books as well, including one AMAZING book about moose ecology which is so huge I have barely started to read it) which will be very useful when/if I ever have children...but few have had such an impact on me as "The Thirsty Moose".
Not having children, I can only give my opinion on children's books based upon how I might feel should these books have been read to me as a child or should I be a child reading them.
---The Thirsty Moose---
The Thirsty Moose was written and illustrated by David Orme and Mike Gordon. The book was published in 2004 (I must've got it shortly after release) by Evans Brothers Ltd, is 32 pages long (the story is 27 pages - with lovely cartoon simple pictures) and consists of the grand total of 138 words.... 10 of these words are Moose (yes, I have counted!)
The Thirsty Moose is allegedly based on a traditional Native American story. Apparently it is reinforcing the important principle of respecting others - i.e. not draining a river which other creatures use.
Basically the premise of "The Thirsty Moose" is that Big Moose is thirsty, and drinks all of the water out of a river, and in doing so potentially destroys the lives of others (beaver, muskrat, fish and fly - no creatures I particularly warm to). It is repeated that "Big Moose wouldn't listen"...the animals begged him to stop, but still he kept on drinking. Until the climax of course...which I won't give away...should you choose to read this.
Being a Mooseaholic, I can't help but read this feeling the utmost sympathy for Big Moose. Perhaps his insatiable thirst is a result of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes? Or perhaps he drinks to satisfy his emotional needs - perhaps he has a drinking problem? At the end of the day he is thirsty, he drinks...why should he be punished for this? And who are we to judge?
"The Thirsty Moose" is Available on Amazon for £3.99. The things I have read about this book say it's suitable for age 5 and upwards - it's a 'ZigZag' book and there are other books (not moose related), and apparently it's also available in Spanish.
To be honest I don't think the book would really stretch anyone over the age of 5 to read independently (perhaps the word 'buzzed' is complicated?), but perhaps I am biased since I could already read competently by the age of 5.
I simply cannot recommend this book because although it's moose related, and the moose illustrations ARE lovely, the book traumatised me...and I'm left devastated on behalf of Big Moose.
Rather than teaching your children to co-operate and stuff...perhaps it's more important to look more at the underlying reasons behind Big Moose's need to drain the river (both physical and emotional)...just a thought...
However, perhaps if your child doesn't feel about moose as I do, then this book might not be so upsetting.