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Robert Munsch


By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9781443107181 Paperback
ISBN 9781443107174 Hardcover
ISBN 9781443142922 Board book
ISBN 9781443107204 Book and CD package
Also available in French: Allez ouste, l'orignal!

There’s a moose in the backyard! Luke’s mom and dad want to shoo it away, but the moose has other plans…

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About the story

Robert Munsch first told this version of the story in 1987 in Geraldton, Ontario, where some of the cars that came for his show had dead moose on them. He kept telling it all through Northern Ontario, where he was on tour. It became one of his favourite stories to tell, and it had LOTS of different versions.

There was an Inuit version where the animal is a caribou. There was a Northern Ontario version where the animal is a moose and the kid wants to keep it for a pet, a Toronto version where the animal is a raccoon and the kid calls the police, a Texas version where the animal is an armadillo, and a Prairies version where the animal is a buffalo.

Finally, Munsch's publisher wanted to make the story into a book. But the story had no kid! Luckily he remembered a kid named Luke who had sent him a wonderful letter about his "tree house," which was strangely not in a tree. Munsch made up a brand new version of the Moose story for Luke and his family.

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