Always Room for More? Too Many Moose by Lisa M. Bakos
WHEN MARTHA DECIDED SHE MUST HAVE A PET,
SHE MARVELED AND MULLED OVER WHAT SHE SHOULD GET.
BUT MOST OF THE CHOICES MADE MADE MARTHA QUITE GLUM...
INSTEAD OF MAGNIFICENT, MOST WERE HUMDRUM.
Martha ruminates mightily over most of the assemblage, but out of the scrum of mongooses and meerkats and manatees out there, she makes up her mind--A MOOSE!
Soon Martha's mail-order moose arrives--and he is magnificent!They share a mania for most everything--
--MULBERRY TREES, MAPLE TEA, MOVIES, MANICURES....
If one moose is magnificent, Martha muses, more would be sublime!
MARTHA ORDERED ONE MORE... AND ONE MORE...
UNTIL THERE WERE FOUR!
And for Martha it seems that there is always room for one more moose--that is, until one day the mob of moose run amok and Martha realizes that what she has is a moose melee'! Her herd has reached ... ... CRITICAL MASS!
HMMMMMM! Buyer beware! Martha is immediately reminded that there can be too much of a good thing, in Lisa M. Bakos' mooseholic fantasy, Too Many Moose!(Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2016). in which Martha discovers the the mail truck runs both ways and that, after all, a mono-moose is the best pet of all. With a humorous rhyming and alliterative text that makes the most of M words, Bakos recycles the old trope of the Midas touch, presumably in Martha's modern case something more like Amazon Prime! Mark Chambers musters up merry manic illustrations of the mayhem that myriads of moose magnify in the fun of a tale with the much-made moral that enough is ENOUGH. "Many moose mean much merriment—or do they?" asks Kirkus Reviews, and in this instance, they do.