Introducing Chris Moose
For more than 29 years was stuck away in one of Allen Northcutt’s drawer.
Allen, a 1963 graduate of Washington and Lee, had conceived of his character on Christmas Eve in 1982. Although he’d never written a book before, he was looking for a way to supplement his income and took just three hours to create “the Ugliest/Most Beautiful Moose in the World.”
Over the years Allen would pull the manuscript out of the drawer, dust it off and think about taking it to a publisher. Finally, two years ago, he actually did.
Published this month by Weber Publishing and illustrated by Christie Morris, the story of Chris Moose reflects Allen’s experiences as the father of a learning-disabled son, addressing issues of name-calling and exclusion while teaching a poignant lesson about the spirit of Christmas.