Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE BALLAD OF WILBUR AND THE MOOSE It's not your standard tale of a boy and his moose. Wilbur, for one thing, is a cowboy who loves to herd pigs and guzzle lime juice. Alvin the moose is an ex-boxer and is blue. John Stadler clearly likes books that bounce by in bonkers fashion. In one scene there's even a porker with false eyelashes who looks a lot like Miss Piggy. (Warner, $8.95)

HAILSTONES AND HALIBUT BONES The Mary O'Neill poems in this book, all about colors, were first published in 1961, but illustrator John Wallner has added rich drawings for this new edition, full of intense yellows, blues, orchids and oranges. They complement O'Neill's whimsical poems: "White is marshmallow/And vanilla ice cream/And the part you can't remember/In a dream./White is the sound/ Of a light foot walking/White is a pair of/Whispers talking." O'Neill says that she is "very grateful to all these readers—the children in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and Japan—who found the book simple as soup, and began to write their own compositions about color." (Double-day, $12.95)

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