Moush Wants To Get Lost


Nothing is going right for Moush today. He frustrates his mom and makes his sister angry, so she tattles on him. Now Moush is mad, too! He decides to hid in the closet, and while he's there, he comes up with a plan to run away. He's thinking about all of the things he'll need. Then the questions start: who will take care of me if I get sick? Who will read me bedtime stories? I won't be able to visit Grandma. Can he just take everyone with him?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Beautiful illustrations and a simple story engage kids in thinking about emotions and family in the way they look at the world.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. If parents are looking for a book to "scare" a child about the dangers of running away, this is not your book.

Little Kid Reaction

This book resonated with our daughter. She understood the anger, could see why Moush's sister would be angry, and also related to his desire to escape from a bad day. As she listened to Moush's questions and observations, her mood changed and she began to think more logically ... just like Moush.

Parent Reaction

This is a deceptive book - in a good way. The plot is predictable, but the simple presentation is very powerful, and there are several layers. The story balances the "heat of the moment" with the realities of putting the plan in action. We focused on the idea that everyone has a special "cool down spot" to help them when they are angry. The story speaks to kids at their level ... not parents talking about the dangers of running away.

Type of Book:
This picture book offers lessons in dealing with anger, having a bad day, and running away from home.
Educational Themes:

This is a story designed for talking. There is the issue of respecting other people's things (Moush writes on his sister's favorite poster); listening to your parents; realistic problem solving; looking at something in a new way; and responsibilities. There are also a number of emotions to talk about: anger, frustration, loneliness, and love.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book with layers that kids will enjoy in different ways at different ages, probably up to second grade.

Title Moush Wants to Get Lost
Author Rouzanna Baghdasaryn
Publisher International Step by Step Association © 2007
Illustrators Yulia Lushnikova
ISBN 9781601950154
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Growing Up, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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