Prepare Children to Move with the Moogees
By Leslie McGuirk
Candlewick Press, $14.99, 32 pages
Mr. Moogee, Mrs. Moogee and the two baby Moogees are too cramped in their current house and are ready to move. Readers of Leslie McGuirk’s The Moogees Move House follow the family as they work with their realtor and look at strange, colorful and oddly shaped houses around town. Some have features Mr. Moogee wants, like a snail in the garden, while there are others Mrs. Moogee likes. It seems as though nothing is quite right until they land upon the last house.
This silly book, full of what would seem like baby talk, is a fun book to read to children who are preparing to move house. The Moogee babies, who follow their parents from house to house, are part of the process of selecting a home and are even more excited to move in and explore the new house.
The illustrations are similar to the creative world of Richard Scarry and Dr. Seuss. Children will be drawn in by the odd shapes, bright colors and funny features of each house. The Moogees Move House is appropriate for young readers between two and five years of age.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero