Abby my 18 month granddaughter swopped upon this book and demanded that I read it to her. She was intrigued by the idea of a moose (she has no comprehension – is it a cow or a horse?) and Wilfred’s adventures with his moose. Wilfred promptly names him Marcel. Marcel was very good at sheltering Wilfred from the rain (rain Mammar – can’t say Grandma yet!).
Wilfred did have rather a lot of rules that were perhaps above Abby’s ability of comprehension, but I could imagine Eden my 5 year old granddaughter understanding rules. When you are a bit older life seems full of rules.
Marcel though is not necessarily Wilfred’s. As the story unfolds we begin to understand that perhaps Marcel/Rodrigo, or even Dominic is not actually owned by anybody.
This book is beautifully illustrated with additional landscape backgrounds reprinted by permission of the Estate of Alexander Dzigurski. The language is enough to keep the attention throughout the story.
“Abby’s book” was the final decision by one 18-month-old. Grandma capitulated by coming home minus one book.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
This Moose Belongs to Me
By Oliver Jeffers
Published by HarperCollins Publishers