There are some picture book authors that you look out for because you know that they have a special, creative touch that often results in great books. For me, one of those authors is Oliver Jeffers (he also happens to be an illustrator). His books are full of whimsy, charm and heart, a perfect combination in a picture book. His most recent book, This Moose Belongs to Me, won me over completely, and it is one of my new favourites.
In This Moose Belongs to Me, the young protagonist, Wilfred, comes across a moose and just knows that the moose belongs to him. He names the moose Marcel and proceeds to go over with him the rules of being a good pet. But one day, Marcel and Wilfred come across someone else in the woods, a woman who thinks that the moose is hers. What is Wilfred to do?
This book was so much fun to read. The story made me laugh a few times as Wilfred goes over silly rules that he can’t possible expect his moose to abide by (or even understand). I also really enjoyed the subtlety of the images. Jeffers adds a lot of detail to each of his pages; the way that his images and his words interact are a perfect example of how the careful blending of those two elements can make a great picture book.
As a pet-lover myself, I love books about pets of any kind. I also tend to enjoy whimsical names, and to be fair, the picture book won me over right away when Wilfred names his pet moose Marcel, to say nothing about the name that the other “owner” gave to the moose.
This Moose Belongs to Me is a cute story about ownership and friendship, but most importantly it’s a lot of fun to read and to share.