Moose the Pilot
Picture Puffin, 2021
32pp., pbk., RRP $A19.99
Among the houses that Puffin the Architect designed for her friends, was a treehouse at Lofty Lake and from there he flies his amphibian plane on all sorts of missions to help those who live in the surrounding mountains. Regardless of the weather or the terrain, he is there to deliver whatever is needed.
I’m Moose! And I fly a plane
with wheels, floats and skis.
I move parcels, food and folk
high above the trees.
But on this day, his adventures are even more exciting than usual – three fluffy youngsters need his help! But on his way there are others who need him to take special requests and pick up their goods – all of which come in very handy when he reaches his final destination.
It is hard to do justice to this intriguing book with its clever text and detailed illustrations in just a paragraph or two, but young readers will delight in following Moose’s trip as he moves around the mountains, looking for cues and clues in both the rhyme and the pictures.
Children’s author Jackie French has said that when a child turns a page in a picture book there needs to be a new adventure to explore and Kimberly Andrews certainly has mastered the knack of that. From cover to cover this is a book that is rich beyond measure and if you haven’t discovered Puffin the architect or another friend, Hound the Detective then I urge you do so and provide the young readers in your life with hours of fun and discovery.