This Moose Belongs To Me, Oliver Jeffers, Harper Collins, $24.95
WHEN it comes to bestselling picture books, Irish born writer and artist, Oliver Jeffers has that intangible quality that can’t be manufactured. His books, especially the award winning The Heart and the Bottle, have a universal appeal that transcends age.
His most recent book, This Moose Belongs To Me is no exception. Wilfred is a particular, almost fussy little boy who is under the mistaken impression that he ‘owns’ Marcel, a quietly dignified and very large moose.
Wilfred blithely explains to Marcel all the qualities necessary to be “a good pet” – which basically amounts to Marcel agreeing with everything Wilfred thinks and doing everything Wilfred wants to do.
One day the pair take a long walk and Wilfred discovers two things: that Marcel is a moose with a complicated past and that friendship and ownership are very different things.
Using collage, ink and pencil Jeffers’ illustrations capture this entertaining odd couple who, over no more than twenty pages, convey one of life’s most important lessons: what it means to be a good friend.
I was lucky enough to interview the delightful Oliver Jeffers for The Age and SMH in July.
That piece can be found here.
Five year-olds and up. Younger readers may not pick up on the subtext, but there’s still lots to enjoy.
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