It was the illustrations of Oliver Jeffers that had me hooked when scouring for new books for the boy. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but, what can I say… I’m a sucker for a fantastic font choice.
”Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn’t always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel.”
”Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules of How To Be a Good Pet. But imagine Wilfred’s surprise when one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own…”
My eldest (4) adores this story. He get’s engrossed in Marcel’s character. How he nonchalantly follow’s Wilfred’s rules just at the right time.
Every time. The boy gets completely drawn into Wilfred’s perilous situation showing genuine concern then giggling in relief when he realises Marcel has come to the rescue.
I love the richness of the media used in the illustrations.
The wit and humour that underlines the story makes this as enjoyable to read with the boy as it is for him to read it. A real conversation provoking story with a beautiful sentiment on how not everything needs to be owned.