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.
In “This Moose Belongs to Me,” Oliver Jeffers presents Wilfred, a young boy who owns a moose that simply “came to him a while ago and he knew, just knew that it was meant to be his.”
The moose, whom he names Marcel, has a role that lies somewhere between imaginary friend and willful pet.
Wilfred attempts to control Marcel by imposing a set of rules.
Then, while on a long walk, Wilfred discovers his moose is actually named Rodrigo and belongs to an elderly blue-haired woman.
The moose rejects the boy for the old woman, and Wilfred rushes home, “embarrassed and enraged.”
En route, he becomes tangled up and trapped in the woods.
and after a cold and lonely night, Marcel rescues him.
This precipitates a renewal of the boy/moose relationship, one in which following Wilfred’s rules will be strictly optional for Marcel and be followed whenever it suited him.