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Mrs. Millie is really silly. She loves to substitute animal words for other words when talking to her kindergarten class. On a class trip to Philadelphia, the kids board a "platypus" (school bus), "hold hens with their buddies" (hold hands with their buddies), and visit the "Liberty Bull" (Liberty Bell). The students love to laugh and correct their favorite teacher. What fun! Joe Mathieu's colored pencil, pen, and ink artwork literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie's "mistakes" and adds hilarity to this lighthearted read-aloud about the city of brotherly love.
Moose is proud of his big, beautiful antlers. So when they fall off one autumn, he doesn't like it one bit. Without them, he looks like any other moose. Luckily, it's hunting season, so Moose has to stay inside. He reads, does puzzles, and paints with the materials his best friend, Hildy-a pig-brings him. Then he gets his BIG IDEA. Why not sell his paintings? Moose exhibits his artwork and even manages to strike up a conversation with a passing hunter, who thinks his art is lovely. Readers will cheer for Moose as he dupes the hunter and manages to make a buck in this hilarious story about a moose and his loyal porcine friend.
Moose’s best friend, Hildy, is thrilled when a farmer invites her to enter a Pig Pickin’ contest down South. She thinks it’s a beauty contest, and Moose is eager to go with her. When they get to the county fair, however, Moose starts to worry. The farmer keeps offering Hildy pizza and ice cream. Why is he so interested in fattening her up? Is the Pig Pickin’ really a beauty contest—or is Hildy going to become the barbecue? Moose uses his wits to save his best friend from a terrible fate in this funny story about friendship and loyalty.