This Moose Belongs to Me

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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.“Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by ...
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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.“Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules on How to Be a Good Pet. But one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…Is Marcel really Wilfred’s pet after all?An beautifully-illustrated, witty and thought-provoking story, exploring the concept of ownership.
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The ownership of a moose seems remote from the lives of most children, but in the hands of picture book author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers, this fanciful topic becomes a subject to which all readers can readily relate. In the orderly mind of young Wilfred, he owns "his" pet moose, which he names Marcel. In most ways, Marcel is docile and friendly, but like any other creature, he does have a mind of his own. When that streak of independence surface, Wilfred learns some important things about ownership, rule-making, expectations, and, not least friendship. A gentle lesson.

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: 82,411
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Great art

    Oliver Jeffers is one of our favorites. This story isn't quite as compelling as some of his books, but the art is very interesting and the book is very good.

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