I tell people I own a cat. Well, he can’t get outside, so it’s a fairly easy call. But some animals are not so easily pinned down…
This Moose Belongs To Me
by Oliver Jeffers
ISBN: 978 0 00 726387 5
Wilfred one day, by happenstance, becomes, he thinks, the owner of a moose. He is pretty pleased with him as a pet – after all, the moose follows most of Wilfred’s rules for a pet, and the two go off exploring often. Things are going along pretty well when they go farther afield than usual one day, and they run into someone else who also seems to think that the moose is hers, and that is name is not Marcel, but Rodrigo. Upset, he leaves, only to have Marcel find him, and come to a new detente, in a sort of “if you love something, set it free” kind of way that seems to work for them both.
The thing with Oliver Jeffers is that his stories are lovely – quiet, poignant, but still with a sly humour to them – and his quirky but quiet illustrations are a perfect match. The last couple of books, he has started to mesh styles, placing his distinctively flat people against rich backgrounds that look like he’s been slicing up oil paintings for setpieces, and this one has that same muted landscape behind it that works to interesting and charming effect.
I’m always a fan, but this story is a fun one even without his excellent body of work behind him.