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.
• Guest review by Michelle Jing Chan
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Author Candace Spizzirri
website – www.candacespizzirri.com
Illustrators Chantelle and Burgen Thorne
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.