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This Moose Belongs to Me

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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
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Philomel Books (first published August 1st 2012)
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 07, 2013 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
بثينة العيسى
Loved the drawings. Liked the story.
Apr 02, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
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
Jun 23, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
This story is about Marcel and Wilfred....Who is the moose and who is the owner? Well, Marcel, sounds like a Mooses name, don't you think? So, that leaves Wilfred being the owner of the Moose called Marcel.

Marcel is a pretty obedient pet except on the odd occasion he decides to not listen to Wilfred..I mean, really, Marcel is just acting like any pet would. Pets are allowed to have a mind of their own, including Mooses, you know! Until one day in the forest they go for a walk and stumble on some
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Feb 25, 2013 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Oct 12, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Oct 04, 2016 elisabeth rated it really liked it
a lovely picture books by Oliver Jeffers as per usual, I'm starting to think my addiction with his books is getting slightly too obsessive!
Stefani Sloma
Sep 14, 2014 Stefani Sloma rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
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
May 15, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Dec 27, 2012 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2016 KC rated it it was amazing
Funny. Cute. Clever. A must read.
Pamela Kramer
Dec 01, 2012 Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing
"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
Oct 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
When a moose comes his way, Wilfred decides that the moose belongs to him, and names him Marcel. Wilfred has many rules for how his pet should behave, and for the most part, Marcel adheres to them. One day as they are exploring, Wilfred encounters someone else who claims his moose. When Wilfred leaves in a nit and has an accident, the moose comes to his rescue. In the time-honored fashion that those of us who share our lives with animals can easily recognize, the two agree that the moose will fo ...more
Jereme Gray
Nov 02, 2012 Jereme Gray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-kids
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
Crystal Bandel
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers, published 2012.


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
Mar 01, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it
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
The first thing that I enjoyed about this book, alongside the usual warmth and wit that comes with a lot of Jeffers’ work was the wonderful blend of artstyle between playful and comic to grand landscapes of American artist Alexander Dziquirski – this all helps bring a sense of silliness to the story of one boy and his very reluctant pet Moose.
The book proved that Jeffers’ is not just about young boys and penguins but is a modern fabulist who is beginning to tell stories of the human condition i
Kristen Dota
Oct 14, 2013 Kristen Dota rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 26, 2012 Marika rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 24, 2016 Tia rated it it was amazing
Stunning backdrops of what appears to be Canadian wilderness, or the Pacific Northwest. Painterly pictures of rivers, trees, snow-frosted mountains, and earth softly carpeted with scarlet maple leaves, all juxtaposed with simplistic sketches of the boy and "his" moose.

The moose adheres to some of the boy's rules, but disregards others. Does the moose truly belong to the boy, or to anyone? He answers to three different names from different people. Maybe they all belong to him.
Jun 04, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Jan 13, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
Wilfred adopts a pet Moose named Marcel. They have all sorts of adventures, but does Marcel realize that he is a pet?

Why I started this book: I'm falling in love with Oliver Jeffers, so I read all the books of his we have in the library.

Why I finished it: Loved it! Fun story.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Such an eclectic use of media--oil on linotype and old landscapes as well as digital enhancement--to great effect. The story itself didn't do much for me, but I have come to love Oliver Jeffers' style of artistry.

It's definitely worth a look to check out his skillful and playful use of oil and landscape art.
Dec 03, 2014 Milo rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 20, 2012 Kayce rated it really liked it
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.
Lorin Elizabeth
May 13, 2015 Lorin Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oliver Jeffers is kinda a genius. Came for the collage-style mountain landscapes, stayed for the clever and adorable storyline. Special mention to Wilfred's hand written rules and the bit about monsters.
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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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