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Picture Book Review – Finley: A Moose on the Caboose
A REVIEW BY MICHELLE JING CHAN
FINLEY: A MOOSE ON THE CABOOSE
WRITTEN BY CANDACE SPIZZIRRI
ILLUSTRATED BY CHANTELLE & BURGEN THORNE
(GNOME ROAD PUBLISHING; $18.99, AGES 4-8)
Finley: A Moose on the Caboose is an adorable picture book. Set in A, Alaska, the book follows Finley, a gentle giant of a moose who just wants to ride the train across Alaska and greet all the passengers. However, the conductor does not allow this, citing the rule that wild animals are not permitted to ride the train.
Finley attempts to make his dream come true through a variety of fun and zany disguises, but his attempts are fruitless. When the train encounters a problem that only a giant moose can solve, Finley finally gets the chance to prove his worth and make his dream a reality.
Readers will love Finley and his sweet, plucky personality. This charming story by Candace Spizzirri shows how kindness and determination win out in the end and that some rules can and should change! The illustrations by Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are cozy and inviting and make this story the perfect book for the holiday season. A great choice for readers who love nature books or books about trains.
• Guest review by Michelle Jing Chan
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Author Candace Spizzirri
website – www.candacespizzirri.com
Illustrators Chantelle and Burgen Thorne
Website – www.chantelleandburgen.com
Reviewer Michelle Jing Chan
Michelle Jing Chan is a queer Chinese American artist who grew up in Colorado and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by nature, cultural folklore, and fantasy, Michelle captures the magic in everyday moments through her art. She aspires to illustrate diverse, empowering stories her younger self would have loved.
When she’s not drawing, she can be found attempting new recipes, reading, or watching spooky TV shows. Visit Michelle at www.michellejingchan.com or on social media @michellieart.
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Hooray for moose books! I’m particularly fond of those ungainly ungulates. 😉
And Finley’s passion for rail travel adds another dimension to his desirability!
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