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. Volume XVII Number 32. . . .April 22, 2011
In the latest story by Canada's most popular storyteller, a very large moose wanders into Luke's backyard early one Saturday morning. In shock, Luke runs inside to inform his parents who are sound asleep. Both of his parents try unsuccessfully to scare the moose away. Luke tries luring the moose away with carrots. Finally, Luke's three sisters try to scare the moose away with water guns. During this ordeal, Luke decides that he likes the moose and wants him to live in his treehouse. Running from the water guns, the moose makes its way into the kitchen, helps himself to carrots, and then disappears out the front door. Dismayed, Luke grabs the remaining carrots and runs after the moose.
Although just recently published, this story has been in Munsch's repertoire since 1987. He frequently tells this story to groups of children, sometimes substituting a raccoon or a buffalo for the moose. In previous retellings of Moose, Munsch had the father asking for a gun instead of a hose, which did not always go over well with his audience. According to Munsch's website, Scholastic agreed to publish the story once the gun detail had been removed. Like many of his stories, Munsch's idea for the main character is based on a real Luke from Nova Scotia who wrote to him asking for a story about his treehouse.
Claire Perrin is a teacher-librarian with the Toronto District School Board in Toronto, ON.
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