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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (original 1976; edition 1988)

by Fred Gwynne, Fred Gwynne (Illustrator)

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Title:A Chocolate Moose for Dinner
Authors:Fred Gwynne
Other authors:Fred Gwynne (Illustrator)
Info:Aladdin (1988), Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's fiction, picture book, animals, anthropomorphism, word play, puns, fiction, education, nonfiction, language, grammar, reference, English language, teacher book, teaching

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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne (1976)


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This book that would be great for a discussion regarding idioms. The little girl in the book takes the phrases her parents say and interprets them literally. The illustrations in the book show her literal meaning of what her parents say which makes it very humorous. Children would love this during a read aloud. ( )
  Ashley.Setzekorn | Nov 8, 2016 |
27 months - we will have to revisit this book when O is older and knows some of these sayings a little better. The illustrations are funny. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Not going to lie, the illustrations in this book scared the bejeezus out of me when I was little. The word play was amusing, though. ( )
  benuathanasia | Nov 10, 2012 |
This is an enjoyable and funny book for children and adults alike. The comedy comes in the pairing of the text and the illustrations. The author uses idioms, colloquialism, and homophones to make interpretive sentences. The illustrations show the literal (and often comical) interpretation of the sentences from the child's perspective. For example, the child narrator says that "Daddy says he can play piano by ear", meaning that he doesn't need to read music in order to play. However, the illustration shows the child's meaning by showing her daddy playing the piano with his hear. This book is great for the classroom when teaching figurative language. The only drawback is that many of the references are older and lesser known to children. For example, the author mentions the arms race, gorilla warfare, and references Salvidor Dahli. However, these can be used to teach about the time period of the book. ( )
  SadieReads | Jul 10, 2010 |
This is a wonderful classic picture book that is told from the perspective of an innocent child who is confused by the phrases and sayings of her parents. She takes all the idioms and figures of speech her parents use as being literal. Some of the sayings are such as: "a man held up a bank" with an illustration of a man holding a bank building in the air. The illustrations definitely are a crucial part of this book, it truly would have a completely different message without the illustrations. ( )
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Mommy says she had a chocolate moose for dinner last night.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689878273, Paperback)

With his hilarious wordplay and zany humor, Fred Gwynne keeps children of all ages in stitches!

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A little girl pictures the things her parents talk about, such as a chocolate moose, a gorilla war, and shoe trees.

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