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This Moose Belongs to Me Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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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, DEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Wilfred is a young man with seriousness of purpose (and a bow tie and suspenders), and he owns a moose. Finders keepers, after all. Wilfred explains to his moose, Marcel, all of the rules for being a good pet, but Marcel is impervious to such instructions. Indeed, the pair happens upon a little old lady only to discover that Marcel is actually Rodrigo, and not Willard’s moose at all. Willard departs, despondent, and gets himself into some trouble, involving a tangle of powder-blue string and the advent of monsters. But the moose shows up to save him, and the two arrive at a new arrangement. Or so it seems . . . Jeffers composes his trademark painterly cartoon figures atop a variety of backgrounds, including Victorian linotypes and some Serbian landscape paintings (scrupulously sourced). He mashes them together with a bit of intentional pixilation and lots of good cheer, and infuses the mix with remarkable drama, conveying a bevy of emotions with simple gestures and an astute sense of color. The result is a spirited, appealing romp that hums with motley vitality and good-natured humor, certain to induce cheers and groans and chuckles galore. Preschool-Grade 3. --Thom Barthelmess
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bestselling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, well-known for 'Lost and Found' and other children's colorful picture books, delivers another delightful story about a young boy and his moose. Wilfred is a geek, who is obsessed with rules, and he expects Marcel to obey his every command. Marcel the moose wants independence, and is unaware that he belongs to anyone. Wilfred struggles to teach Marcel what to do, and what not to do as they venture up-and-down mountain ranges and other interesting locations. Wilfred is small, Marcel is very big, and they just don't have much in common. Their journey together as they become friends is a hilarious, fun-filled adventure. Where did Marcel come from, did he have another owner? What will Marcel do for apples? Does the moose listen to the rules, and will they compromise? Young children will laugh-out-loud as they read the story, while glancing at the funny illustrations that come to life. Who is Rodrigo, and will Marcel become a special pet? The story is easy-to-read, and the characters are adorable. Children who love pets and nature will cherish 'This Moose Belongs To Me.' Highly recommended for young readers, teachers, and parents. The funny story is enjoyable ,educational, and entertaining!
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I bought this book for my 5 year old daughter and she loves it, this has becomes her favorite bed time story. This book is about a orderly boy named Wilfred who lives by a certain set of rules. He comes across a moose and names him Marcel. He gives Marccel a lot of rules to follow, some he follows and some not so much. So one day WIlfred and Marcle came across a lady who claim that Rodrigo her moose was back. Wilfred claim the moose was his, but the moose remains with the lady. Wilfred got stuck outside all night and Marcel rescued him and agrees to follow the rules when he feels like's it.

The illustrations are just gorgeous in this book, big, bold and beautifully well done. This book is really funny, my daughter laughs so loud every time I read her this story. The book is a quick and meaningfully read. The book is about friendship and learning how to treat others. It makes you think do we really own the pets we have? It also teaches kids that aniamls don't always follow rules of proper pet behavior. I recommend this book for all children, the author Oliver Seffers did a fantastic job. The book is a children book which consist of 32 pages.
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This is a wonderful story written for any age of child. A boy befriends a moose. The boy starts to think of the moose as a pet, that he owns it. Then the moose goes away. The boy tries to find the moose. He finds that another person has a different name for the moose and thinks it belongs to her. Ownership issues arise. The boy must come to terms with the meaning of wildness and to respect it. The ending is downright hilarious.

This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen. And the message is timeless and universal. I think any age of person would enjoy it and would remember it for years to come.
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I have lived many places in my life, at one time very near to Canada. But, I have never seen a moose. I think it would be nice to meet one as long as it wasn't in too foul a mood. In the meantime, I've fallen in love with them through books. Just saying the word "moose" makes me laugh. What a great name! Even funnier are the over-sized antlers and the spindly awkward legs. Make a moose the main character in a children's book, and the humor is automatically implied. Jeffers, the author and illustrator of This Moose Belongs to Me, perfectly captures the joy, the humor, and even a life lesson about nature and wild animals. I won a signed print and a copy of this book in a contest. I cannot thank the publisher and author enough for their generosity.

The watercolor illustrations in This Moose... are strikingly beautiful in their simplicity. Jeffers even manages to capture the "mood" of the moose. The boy in the story, Wilfred, is charming, endearing, and absolutely loveable. The text is brief which is how I prefer the text in picture books to be. If the pictures in a PICTURE book aren't telling the story, then to my mind it's not a true picture book. Also, and this is no small thing to a former Children's librarian, This Moose Belongs to Me has a certain rhythm and careful word choice that make it an ideal read-aloud.

Wilfred believes this moose is his. To his dismay, he finds that it is not. It is wild creature that "belongs" to many and follows its own rules. Once he accepts this truth, his friendship with the moose becomes a mutually satisfying one. The best part of the story is the laugh-out loud humor that comes as Wilfred attempts to get the moose to obey his rules. Moose are not particularly cooperative creatures.
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By Rhoda on January 11, 2013
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It's a neat story with cute illustrations. I bought it to read to my son's kindergarten class, but it's a little too old for them. Has some "big" words and themes over their heads. But still a good book. Great for maybe 7-8 yrs?
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This book was sent as a gift to my 22 month old, who is definitely too young to understand the theme and humor, but who appreciates the illustrations. He's learning about lakes, mountains, apples, and picking apples from trees, among other simple concepts.

A very sweet and simple tale about a precocious little guy named Wilfred who thinks he owns a moose whom he calls "Marcel". Little Wilfred isn't the only person who thinks he owns hungry "Marcel"... Every time I read this book I find it even more hilarious than the last time! Can't wait until my son is 3 or 4 to get the humor, too!
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