Thursday, January 24, 2013

This Moose Belongs to Me



This Moose Belongs to Me
by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel, 2012.  Unpaged. Picture Book.

      "Wilfred owned a moose."  In some ways the moose was a good pet, but in others, he needed some instruction.  Wilfred named him Marcel and followed him around explaining the Rules of Good Pethood.  The moose was good at Rule #11:  Providing shelter from the rain, but not terribly proficient at Rule #7 Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go, or its subset (b) Maintaining a certain proximity to home. Still, Wilfred gets along quite well with Marcel until he discovers to his horror that someone else--and old lady!--thinks she owns Marcel and she also thinks his name is Rodrigo!  Angry and upset, Wilfred rushes home but quickly gets into trouble.  Whom do you think rescues him?  Jeffers' hilarious story of Wilfred and his moose finally arrives at an elegant conclusion, satisfactory to all.  Or to the moose at least.

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