Good morning, Paul here today with the release of my friend and fellow children’s author Lisa Tortorello’s newest book Mark the Missing Moose. Lisa is a teacher in the Chicago Public School system and her experience with children certainly shines through in this book. Mark the Missing Mouse is published by Tate Publishing and get this, it’s available as an audiobook! Before I get to my review, lets take a look at the Goodreads blurb:
Jimmy was on cloud nine during Show and Tell when his classmates cheered for him and his best friend, Mark the Moose. That happiness quickly ended when Mark went from being Jimmy’s sidekick to becoming the missing moose.
Saddened and angry, Jimmy didn’t want to talk to anyone, not even his own mother. His best friend was gone and he was all alone!
When it was time for Show and Tell again, Jimmy didn’t want any part of it until he heard what his friend Joe had to say…
Follow Jimmy as he discovers that opening up and letting others in can really help him out.
This is a story to help children learn the importance of talking opening and honestly -sharing their feelings- even if it seems unbearable at the time.
Now for a bit about Lisa (also from Goodreads):
I am a Chicago native. As a child, I spent many of my “growing up” years working at Deno’s Jewelry Store. I went to college at Purdue University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, I began teaching in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I spent 10 years there. After that, I began teaching in the Chicago Public School system and am still currently teaching there today continuing to inspire the youth in my classroom.
I have always had a love of reading and that fostered my interest in writing.
Currently, I am the author of three books.
My Hero, My Ding – a Memoir of a Girl and Her Grandfather
The Moose at the Manger – a children’s Christmas story filled with magic while keeping Christ is Christmas!
Mark the Missing Moose- a children’s book to be released soon! To learn more go to http://musethemoose.blogspot.com
I enjoy reading, writing, math, music, and computers. I live with my husband, Charlie and our massive moose collection.
Now for my review:
What I liked best: I love the message. I have to admit that I have not lost too many people close to me (thankfully). I have lost all my grandparents, but except for my paternal grandmother I was quite young. I did, however, lose my beloved dog about 3 years ago. That, to me, was devastating. He was my best friend and never wanted anything more than to spend time with me. I think about this experience and am really able to appreciate the message in Mark the Missing Moose. It is very important to talk about the things that make us sad, or upset us. Not only is this message important, it is beautifully delivered to Jimmy in the book. The illustrations deserve an honorable mention in the “what I liked best” category.
What missed a bit: Not a thing. It’s not too often that I say this, but it is truly the case with Mark.
Overall: A beautiful book and a must read for classrooms, libraries, and parents alike. The content and dialogue is perfect for young readers and it is perfect for read alouds. The message will be well received and the illustrations are sure to entertain and captivate. I am only sorry that I was not able to review the audio book. Come to think of it, I just might purchase and listen to it myself.