KidLit RADIO: StoryMakers with Jeff Mack MOOSE, GOOSE, MOUSE

Ever wonder how children’s book illustrators use computers to create the characters in their books? Join author/illustrator Jeff Mack as he reveals the secrets to how MOOSE, GOOSE, AND MOUSE got its unique look. Jeff teaches Rocco how draw Mouse using just a few letters from the alphabet — and he gives us a peek at JUST A STORY — all on StoryMakers!

About the Books

Giggles guaranteed! Moose, Goose, and Mouse ride a loose caboose on their way to finding a new house! This funny book by a Caldecott winning author-illustrator promotes foundational reading skills!

“Help!” yelled Mouse.
“It’s no use!” said Goose.
“This is fun,” said Moose,
“riding in a loose caboose.”

Then . . . BONK!. . the train hits a tree near the sea, where they find the sunny, funny house of their dreams.

An upbeat story about finding the perfect home is accompanied by fun, cartoony art with hilarious details and rhyming and alliterative text to encourage wordplay. Author Mordicai Gerstein, a Caldecott medalist, was a four-time New York Times best-illustrated book winner. Moose, Goose, and Mouse is the culmination of the humor, wit, and joy that he brought to all of his books.

• A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection •


Reading is wild, dangerous… fantastic! The possibilities are endless, the perils enormous–good thing it’s just a story.

A boy happens upon a discarded book that transforms a library into an escalating series of near misses and close encounters with dastardly pirates, a herd of scooter-riding elephants, a big blue whale, and is that an alien in an Elvis wig? But surprise, he escapes without a scratch, because it’s just a story…With an exuberant art style reminiscent of newspaper comic strips, illustrator Jeff Mack brings imagination to life in this riotous tale about the power of reading.

Watch this episode to learn the technique used to create Moose, Goose, and Mouse
AND follow a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw MOUSE!
Then share your drawings with us using #ReadySetDraw
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ABOUT Jeff Mack
Jeff Mack grew up in Syracuse, NY where he spent most of his time drawing comic books and building haunted houses in the basement.
Since then, he has written and illustrated a long list of award-winning picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including the Clueless McGee series, Good News Bad News, Hush Little Polar Bear, Look!, and most recently, Mine!.
He has also illustrated many books for other authors, including James Howe’s Bunnicula and Friends series and Eve Bunting’s Hurry! Hurry!.
At home in Western Massachusetts, he travels both nationally and internationally visiting schools and libraries to talk with kids about creating books. Visit him at


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