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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Making the Moose Out of Life

illustrated by Nicholas Oldland

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2010
Humorous Stories, Friendship, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2012
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2015
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2010
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


From the creator of Big Bear Hug comes the comic-adventure story of a mild-mannered moose who learns how to take life by the antlers. This moose may live in the wild, but he doesn't act it --- he watches from the sidelines as his friends have fun. Every now and then, he wonders if he's missing out on anything.

When the moose finally takes a chance and goes on a solo sailing trip, a raging storm carries him far from everything he knows. Will he curl up in a ball and cry, or make the most of it?

The moose's unlikely hero-journey is a lighthearted, contemporary fable that celebrates living life to the fullest.

About the author




Nicholas Oldland est le directeur artistique et l'un des propriétaires d'une entreprise de vêtements nommée Hatley. Ses motifs reconnus sont imprimés sur des pyjamas, des imperméables, des bottes de pluie et des chandails, tous signés Hatley. Aux Éditions Scholastic, il a écrit et illustré plusieurs albums dont L'ours qui aimait les arbres, L'orignal qui avait la frousse et Les amis qui ne pensaient qu'à gagner. Nicholas habite à Toronto.


Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hugis his first picture book.


Nicholas Oldland's profile page


  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

A fable with a valuable message, delivered with understated humor.

Publishers Weekly

Charming and simply told, this moose-sized tale is sure to please.

School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Making the Moose Out of Life

Moose may live in the wild but he isn’t wild at all! Wondering if he’s missing out on something, he tries to find the answer on the Internet and in a crystal ball but to no avail. Taking life by the antlers, he sets out on a sailboat and is caught in a raging storm. Marooned on a desert island, Moose finally learns how to live life to the fullest.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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