This Moose Belongs to Me

This Moose Belongs to Me

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by Oliver Jeffers
     
 

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WINNER of the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2012 and the Honour Award for Illustration from Childrens' Books Ireland, 2013.An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally bestselling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers.See more details below

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WINNER of the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2012 and the Honour Award for Illustration from Childrens' Books Ireland, 2013.An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally bestselling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers.

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Publishers Weekly
It won’t take readers long to see that Wilfred has moose problems. He tries hard to make Marcel the moose obey his many rules (“Rule 7 : Maintaining a certain proximity to home”), but Marcel is only vaguely interested in Wilfred. What he really likes are apples. Wilfred’s role as moose owner is further cast into doubt when a random old lady greets Marcel as Rodrigo. “You’re back!” she cries. (Marcel reacts warmly, but only because she has an apple.) Eventually, Wilfred is able to recognize Marcel’s independence; it’s a useful and unexpectedly heartwarming lesson in lowered expectations. Nervous Wilfred is dressed in a geeky bowtie and suspenders, while Marcel is the size of a garden shed, with antlers like towel racks. What really ups the ante are Jeffers’s (Stuck) incongruously grandiose backdrops. Wilfred’s struggle plays out against dawn-kissed mountain ranges, brooding spruces, and sweeping American plains, giving the proceedings an air of faux-solemn dignity that’s hilariously at odds with Wilfred’s dorky personality. The moose may not belong to Wilfred, but the laughs certainly belong to Jeffers. Ages 3–7. (Nov.)
Booklist
• “A spirited, appealing romp that hums with motley vitality and good-natured humor, certain to induce cheers and groans and chuckles galore.” -–Booklist, starred review

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Wilfred wants a pet, so when a moose just happens to wander by, the boy claims him as his own and dedicates a lot of time to teaching Marcel the rules of being a good one. They fill their days exploring the countryside and taking long walks. One day, however, Wilfred discovers that his moose might have a whole other life that he knows nothing about. He must figure out how to process this shocking discovery and decide if he can accept the fact that he must alter the boundaries of their friendship. With its classic story of friendship and witty text, this beautiful picture book will appeal to children. The fonts are mixed between standard type and words that appear to be handwritten. Speech bubbles appear on some pages as well, to give voice to Wilfred and several other characters. The illustrations are a combination of oil paint onto old linotype, painted landscapes, and technical enhancements. The characters are whimsical and bright, and the appealing landscapes carry readers along on this journey of two unlikely friends. This Moose Belongs to Me will be adored by younger elementary students, particularly those who have longed to keep a wild animal as a pet.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
Moose are not necessarily the best pets--except when it really matters. Wilfred carefully teaches his moose, whom he names Marcel, all the rules for being a good pet. Marcel follows some of them. He knows to be quiet when Wilfred is listening to music, for example, but sometimes he roams too far from home. Still, Marcel is a good companion, providing shelter in the rain and reaching high into trees for fruit. Then calamity strikes. Wilfred discovers that Marcel actually belongs to another, causing Wilfred to run home in anger and get lost. To the rescue comes Marcel the moose, strutting nobly on his four thin but strong legs. The boy learns a valuable lesson about wild animals: "[P]erhaps…he'd never really owned the moose anyway." Jeffers has set his cautionary tale in the beautiful Rocky Mountains using "a mishmash of oil painting onto old linotype and painted landscapes and a bit of technical wizardry thrown into the mix." The result is an eye-catching and imaginative book with illustrations that vary from close-ups of the imposing moose against a white background to landscapes of the moose standing tall in his very own Albert Bierstadt painting. Pet lovers and nature lovers alike will enjoy this offbeat and entertaining tale. (Picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
Praise for This Moose Belongs to Me:‘As ever, Jeffers’s illustrations delight, inspire and susprise with their variety and ingenuity.’ The Guardian‘A charming little gem’ The TelegraphPraise for Stuck:‘Brilliantly silly’ The TelegraphPraise for The Incredible Book Eating Boy:‘Mouth-wateringly irresistible’ The Guardian‘This is a book that children will devour’ The ObserverPraise for Lost and Found:‘A heart-warming story’ The GuardianPraise for How to Catch a Star:‘The best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding.’ Telegraph

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399161032
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
97,325
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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