This Moose Belongs to Me

by Oliver Jeffers

An original take on the classic unusual pet story features a boy named Wilfred and... read more

An original take on the classic unusual pet story features a boy named Wilfred and a moose that he names Marcel. Much of the humor in Oliver Jeffers’s picture book is conveyed through the contradiction between words and pictures. In truth, the moose is somewhat oblivious to Wilfred, though Wilfred is skilled at coming up with rules for being a good pet that showcase Marcel’s natural abilities (“Rule 11: providing shelter from the rain”), and his unwavering fondness for apples. But there’s a complication when Marcel and Wilfred encounter a woman who claims she owns the moose. His name, according to her, is Rodrigo. The surprises come right up to the very last page in a story featuring singular artwork that places whimsical renderings of the characters on top of oil-painted landscapes. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

show less