A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne

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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne. Scholastic, 1976. 32 pages.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8, Picture book
Recommended For: Ages 4-8

1493982When a child hears her parents using idioms, she imagines literal interpretations with humorous results. How do you hang shoes on a tree? Would a new wing on the house have feathers? Would there be diving boards at a car pool? How do you put airplanes on hangers? Does Santa really have claws? The daily news takes on a whole new meaning with gorilla (guerilla) warfare and a man holding up a bank.

With delightful childlike perspective, Fred Gwynne (best known as Herman Munster on the TV show “The Munsters”) demonstrates the confusing nature of the English language. This is a unique classic that invites readers to play with words.

Cautions: none

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Worldview Rating: 4 out of 5
Artistic Rating: 4 out of 5

Categories: 4 stars and up, picture books, Retro Reads, Humor, Language Arts

Cover image from goodreads.


  1. Carrie says:

    We love the Fred Gwynne books (my mom found them at her thrift store), but I hadn’t made the connection to him being THAT Fred Gwynne – how fun! “The King who Rained” is our favorite. They also remind me of “A Hole is to Dig” and that ilk…

  2. Hannah Hall says:

    Haha! Sounds adorable! I’ll never forget overhearing my dad talking about a woman at his work that was going to be fired. You can imagine the mental images that went through my 6-year-old mind. 🙂 I’m going to check this one out. Thanks!!

  3. Megan says:

    Love the anecdote, Hannah! Carrie, I’m glad you mentioned “The King Who Rained.” More of the same great fun. 🙂

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