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This Moose Belongs to Me

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,626 ratings  ·  338 reviews
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 of How to Be a Good Pet. But imagine Wilfred's surprise when one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moos
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Hardcover, 36 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Philomel Books (first published August 1st 2012)
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys & girls who love animals and who are interested in wild animals
In some ways I loved this book. I loved its humor, I loved how it shows wild animals are wild and live their own lives, and I loved so much about it. I loved the cover illustration and the pictures inside that show nature.

The style of art varies and the pictures other than the landscapes of the natural world I don’t like as much, including ones of the moose and people on their own without the background of the natural world showing. But even those are quirky and different and interesting, and I
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Randie
Wilfred owns a moose, named Marcel. Marcel is a pretty good pet but he sometimes ignored Wilfred's rules. Then one day, while out in the woods, someone else seems to think Marcel belongs to them. Wilfred struggles with the situation and runs off. Luckily, Marcel and Wilfred seem to work out an acceptable agreement.

I really enjoyed the illustrations, some shoe heavy paint strokes, others on canvas, some are almost cartoon like, and others serve as back drops. I also find Wilfred's almost rigid-li
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Jennifer
Bill Watterson's Calvin grew up and had a son named Wilfred, but instead of a stuffed tiger named Hobbes, Wilfred obtained a very alive moose named Marcel. This charming book may appeal to adults more than children - the adults I've shared it with have fallen in love, so kids would have to go absolutely crazy for it to prove that statement false - because there is so much nostalgia in the pages. Jeffers painted many illustrations over landscapes by Alexander Dzigurski, and Dzigurski's work looks ...more
Jim Erekson
Jeffers wins again. This was an enchanting example of counterpoint illustration-text relationship (I set it squarely on my goodreads 'counterpoint' shelf, which has only 7 books--cue cricket chirps).

That is, the pictures contradict what the words say, and vice versa. Jeffers' take on counterpoint gave me the sense that either the narrator in the words or in the pictures was exaggerating, maybe just plain lyin'! Here it feels more like someone is winking at me about Wilfred, as if to say, "Leave
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I love Jeffers' boy and penguin series, so I was keen to get his new book, which is quite different. Even the illustration style is very different. I can see Jeffers' style in the drawings, but these are incorporated with blurry, pixilated paintings (they lose the pixilated effect somewhere along the way - they have some kind of effect that makes them look, well, different. The illustrations are also messy-looking, different again from his clean style in other books.

The story is really endearing
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midnightfaerie
Oliver Jeffers is quickly becoming a household favorite. His unusual story lines and his compelling illustrations make him so much fun to read! Not a lot of words, but still memorable enough to keep my children, both the 5 yr old and the preschoolers, asking for him over and over again. This one had me guessing where it took place, the paintings were so lovely. Canada maybe? Love this author and am looking forward to reading more of his work.
Stefani Sloma
You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed.

Wilfred has a pet that most people don’t – a moose. He hasn’t always had a pet moose though. One day the moose came to him and he knew that it was meant to be his, so he decided to keep and and call him Marcel. Marcel is usually a very good pet, but one day Marcel leads Wilfred on a journey into the woods where someone else lays claim to the moose.

One of my favorite in terms of Jeffers’ illustrations. They’re different from some of
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Jereme Gray
I love everything Ollie does. Read this with my daughter. Son overheard and insisted that I read it with him immediately after. Laughed at all the same points. We have been on a streak lately of getting his new books as soon as they come in to the library. They hold them for us since they know we are in love with his work.
Hadn't been as impressed with some of his other titles. The Heart and the Bottle and The Hueys in the New Sweater didn't quite hit us the same as Lost and Found and The Incredi
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Tasha
Wilfred’s moose arrived a while ago and Wilfred just knew that the moose was meant to be his. He called the moose, Marcel. Wilfred had some serious rules if Marcel was going to be his pet, but Marcel didn’t seem interested in following them. Some though, Marcel was very good at. He did not make noise while Wilfred was listening to his music. He provided Wilfred shelter from the rain and he knocked high things down so that Wilfred could reach them. Then there were the rules that Marcel didn’t fol ...more
Pamela Kramer
"This Moose Belongs to Me" by Oliver Jeffers, an award-winning author and illustrator, is a picture book destined to become a favorite read of youngsters everywhere. Kids love to read picture books starring an animal, and the animal in this one is a very large moose.

Wilfred, a slightly prissy boy (inferred from his red suspenders and blue bow tie), owns the moose. He named the moose Marcel and followed Marcel around while explaining the rules of pet behavior. Although it didn't seem as if Marcel
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Rebecca
This Moose Belongs to Me / Oliver Jeffers / 2012

Genre: Picture Book Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It's fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred's pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred's pet doesn't quite realize that he belongs to anyone. (Sum
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Crystal Bandel
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers, published 2012.

Fiction.

Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 3.

Found via Booklist, reviewed by Thom Barthelmess.

Wilfred owns a moose, Marcel, to whom he explains all the rules of being his pet, involving saving him and obeying his orders. One day, though, Wilfred and his moose run across an old woman, who calls the moose Rodrigo! Wilfred has a crisis of pet-ownership, then, and manages to get caught up in trouble with monsters. The moose comes to save Wilfred, t
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Linda
Can anything wild really belong to us? That is the question and/or theme in this picture book by Oliver Jeffers. The story begins with Wilfred and his moose, who claims to have a moose, Marcel, for whom he creates a number of rules of how to be a good pet. They are rules like number 4, “not making too much noise while Wilfred plays his record collection,” or number 7, “maintaining a certain proximity to home.” Unfortunately, Marcel the moose doesn’t pay much attention to rules, but does what mo ...more
Milo
Dec 03, 2014 Milo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Milo by: Borrowed from Tenzin
"I liked it because the moose was named Rodrigo too. He was saved. Sometimes a moose can be owned, but not all the time."

Mama loved how clever the story was written. The illustrations made her smile. It is a great story about the ability to have something special in your life that doesn't belong just to one person.
Eyehavenofilter
Wilfred is a very lucky boy, he has a moose for a pet. Marcel is a very special moose. Wilfred spent a lot of time educating Marcel on how to be a good pet. Marcel seemed like he was listening so Wilfred thought he was really getting through to Marcel, but just in case he carried a long blue string so he could always find his way home.One day a some lady came out of the woods calling his pet Rodrigo. Wilfred explained that Marcel belonged to him, but Marcel seemed to ignore him.
Wilfred was so up
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Morgan Renae
My least favorite Oliver Jeffers book so far but no worries! It was still sweet & silly & adorable. The illustrations for this one were particularly cool, he did some mixed media thing with what looked like zoomed-in photos, and paint, along with regular drawings. Very, very cool. Story wise, it was my least favorite, but I can just imagine reading this to little kids and having them crack up. This book is such a great example of slightly odd kid humor, and I love that.

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Kristen Dota
I really enjoyed reading this humorous book. I enjoyed how the author had several rules that the moose (Marcel) had to follow but only followed certain ones without even trying. Along comes what we think is his owner (until the end) which the moose responds better to her then. Willfred soon gets into trouble has he trips over and gets tangled up in his shoes leaving him stuck in the dark woods. After hours along comes Marcel to save the day. I enjoyed the ending as they come to agreement to alwa ...more
Kris
Oh, how I love this. Wilfred own a moose. When the moose came to him, Wilfred knew "just KNEW that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel." I love how the humor of the text and the humor of the art play off of each other. You can use it in a classroom to teach the Core Standard of Integration of Knowledge & Ideas - integrating the information found in the pictures which is slightly different than the story being told in the text - but most importantly, read this for the ...more
Danie Plott
Marcel… or is it Rodrigo is just a moose, a simple moose that does not do a very good job of following the very specific rules laid out by his “owner” Wilfred. From our outside perspective, we readers enjoy seeing how the moose goes about doing his moosey business, eating apples and trotting off wherever he pleases, while Wilfred knows that the moose belongs to him. The words and pictures bounce off each other to form a hilarious story about a boy and “his” moose. Or is it someone else’s moose? ...more
Serena
The book follows a young boy named Wilfred, who in his adventures comes across a moose. He decides to name the moose Marcel, and that the moose would be his pet. Along with being his pet, he gives the moose a set of rules that as a pet, he should follow and perform. Throughout the book, we hear about how Marcel performs and follows these rules, and also a plot twist in the center of the book.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny, cute, artistically well done, and has a unique plot th
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Marika
When a moose comes Wilfred's way, he knows it was meant for him, so he names it Marcel. While Marcel only follows Wilfred's rules when he wants to, Wilfred thinks he's a pretty good pet-- that is, until someone else claims the moose is really hers.Instead of his usual minimalist backgrounds, Jeffers mixes it up, using old prints and paintings to set the scene. Oliver Jeffers is brilliant and This Moose Belongs to Me is humorous, quirky, all-around fun for children and adults alike.
Angela
An unusual story by an talented illustrator makes(in this case)...a picture book that will be talked about often, but not one that really connects with me in any meaningful way. Ideas of ownership, expectations, rule-making, the dimensions of friendship, and creative adventures all come into play here, but fail to caputrue my immagination as expected.

I think my Jeffers favorite is still THE HEART AND THE BOTTLE, with an honorable mention going to HOW TO CATCH A STAR.
Cruth
Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
First Published: 2012

Some truly beautiful illustrations combining glorious scenic backdrops with naive character drawings completely identifying with the child's world. Coupled with the striking images is a story of friendship, sharing, imagination, environmental awareness, and even loss.



There's a lot of subtle messages in this book that can be tweaked out to engage the young reader.

It appeals on many levels.

A beautiful book that is comfortably recommended.

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Anna
Nov 04, 2014 Anna added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Wilfred owns a moose that he just KNEW was meant to be his and names him Marcel. In the beginning, he follows Marcel and explains all of the rules of how to be a good pet. There are certain rules that Marcel follows like but he doesn’t follow other rules, like staying close, so Wilfred learned to bring string along their outings so he could find his way home! One day Wilfred encounters a lady who thinks she owns Marcel, and Wilfred does not. So Wilfred tries to prove that Marcel is his moose. Wh ...more
Shawn Thrasher
I'm not exactly sure what to call this, because "surreal" always leave behind an unsettling discomfort, and the story and illustrations of This Moose Belongs to Me left behind nothing but a trail of laughter and delight. "Surrealism" distorts reality with dreamlike imagery; there is some dreamlike imagery in this picture book, but it's more snorting with laughter than distorted. Perhaps "deadpan fantasy" is a term to use (and that maybe I just coined,although I doubt it). Mo Willems writes in th ...more
Kayce
I would rate this one from Jeffers as a solid 4-star based on my personal enjoyment of the story. The illustrations are gorgeous and much more sophisticated than those in most of his other books. I will say, though, that I would be interested to see how well the jokes translate to a younger audience.
Sarri
Sarjassamme jänniä lasten kuvakirjoja. Pisteytys tuli nyt kyllä ihan arpomalla, koska en osaa sanoa, että pidinkö kuin Simo hillosta vai enkö sittenkään. Kirjan tarina kertoo siitä, kuinka lapsi haluaa omistaa jotain, mitä ei oikeasti voi omistaa, tässä tapauksessa hirven. Lapsi keksii hirvelle hyvän lemmikin sääntöjä, joita hirvi sitten noudattaa tai ei. Pääosan hirvi on hyvin omalaatuinen, ei kommentoi mitenkään, vaan lähinnä napostelee omenoita ja jolkottelee missä lystää. Kuvitus on varsin e ...more
Leona
little boy claims a moose as his own and wants him to be his butler and follow his rules. he learns a lot about being a friend--companionship not control--along the way.
Becky B
A little boy finds a moose and is convinced it is his. He develops a list of rules for the moose, whom he names Marcel. Sometimes Marcel does a good job of following rules (like protecting him from the rain), but sometimes Marcel seems to ignore the rules (like going wherever the boy wants to go). One day on their daily walk, they run into a woman who seems to think Marcel is a moose named Rodrigo, and the little boy realizes that maybe he and Marcel need to redefine their relationship.

A cute bo
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Melissa
I enjoyed the different feel of these illustrations. I didn't really connect with the story until the last line!
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Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Recor
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