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Children's Fiction Deer, Moose & Caribou

Wade's Wiggly Antlers

by (author) Louise Bradford

illustrated by Christine Battuz

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
Deer, Moose & Caribou, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price

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One winter morning while playing with his animal friends, a young moose named Wade notices his antlers are wiggly, and he runs home to tell his mother. “Remember when we talked about your antlers falling off?” she says. “Don't worry. New ones will grow in the summer.” But Wade is worried. He used his antlers for so many fun things, such as paddles for Ping-Pong, perches for giving friends rides and hooks for flying kites. He didn't want to lose them! Could Wade find a way to stop his antlers from falling off? Or, if he just lets them go, would he find new ways to play?

In this charming picture book, author Louise Bradford has crafted a playful allegory for children about losing a first tooth. With Christine Battuz's amusing, exuberant art bringing Wade's story to life with sympathy as well as humor, this book makes an engaging and relatable read-aloud for story time. It provides terrific opportunities for discussions about how our bodies change as we grow up, what it feels like to go through these changes and the different ways we can celebrate the milestones. It would also work for an early life science lesson on how animals such as moose and deer lose and grow antlers and why. In addition, Wade's experience models a positive, inspiring approach to self-discovery, self-acceptance and dealing with developmental changes.

About the authors


Louise Bradford adore passer du temps dans la forêt. Elle a écrit Eustache perd son panache après un séjour en camping. Les autres histoires de Louise ont été produites par la radio et la télévision de Radio-Canada. Elle vit à Ottawa, en Ontario, où elle rédige des discours pour les grandes personnes.


Louise Bradford is a two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Artists and Community Collaboration grant for her filmmaking program with at-risk youth. Louise was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and now lives in Ottawa, where she writes speeches for grown-ups.


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CHRISTINE BATTUZ est née en France et a obtenu une maîtrise de l’Académie des beaux-arts de Pérouse, en Italie. Elle a illustré plus de soixante livres jeunesse et a enseigné l’art aux enfants de tous âges. Elle vit à Bromont, au Québec.


CHRISTINE BATTUZ was born in France and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia in Italy. She has illustrated over sixty books for children, and has taught art to children of all ages. She lives in Bromont, Quebec.


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Editorial Reviews

... a great read-aloud.

CM Magazine

Children dealing with change or experiencing loss will find comfort in Wade's positive outlook.

School Library Journal

A valuable lesson, nicely and sympathetically delivered.

Kirkus Reviews

User Reviews


Wade is a young moose who discovers one morning that his antlers are "wiggly".

He is very worried about his antlers falling off because he uses them for so many different things, so he decides to try to stop his antlers from falling off.

In the end, Wade has to learn to accept that he is growing up and that with growing up comes change. He also realizes that change just might not be so bad after all.

The illustrations in this children's book are simply adorable. I love how the different animals are depicted and that they are not so stylized as to be unrecognizable which I see all too often in children's books.

There is also a message found in this story that is something every child needs to learn and that is that change is inevitable and that it is not necessarily a bad thing.

I rate this children's book as 5 out of 5 Stars.

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