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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite
Pen the Tale, Oogie by Karen J. Moore is a fun children's book about a great big bear named Oogie, the greatest storyteller in the forest. One night, as Oogie was telling a story to the animals of the forest, he tasted the first chill of winter. Oogie knew that come winter time, he would hibernate and would be unable to tell his stories. Oogie's friend, Mr. Fox, noticed that Oogie was very worried. Mr. Fox suggested that Oogie write down his story so that his stories will still be told, even as he sleeps. Oogie comes up with many ideas, but Mr. Fox rejects them one after another, claiming the story has already been told. Will Oogie ever come up with an original tale for the animals?
I really enjoyed reading Pen the Tale, Oogie by Karen J. Moore. The book is well written and descriptive. Many people will be able to relate to Oogie, because many people have struggled with trying to write down their story, just like Oogie. The characters are likeable, because they are both good at problem solving, and Mr. Fox wants to help Oogie. The pictures by Doug Hanson are very, very well drawn, colorful and bold. The illustrations help to depict each scene, and I really liked the way each animal was drawn. Parents will enjoy reading this book to their child, and children will want to read it over and over again. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.