September children's picture book of the month - This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Sep-12 17:38:35

Our September picture book of the month is Oliver Jeffers' delightful new offering The Moose Belongs to Me. It tells the story of Wilfred who thinks he owns a moose called Marcel, and follows him around reading aloud the rules of How to Be a Good Pet. They are getting along swimmingly until someone else claims to own Marcel. This is a story about ownership and sharing which is brought to life by Oliver Jeffers' beautiful and hilarious illustrations. Find out more about The Moose Belongs to Me, watch the video and apply to win one of fifty copies (before 5.30 pm on Wednesday 5 September) by visiting our September Picture book of the month page.

We're delighted that Oliver will be reading all feedback about this book and his other books on this thread. Post your questions to Oliver here and if yours is one of ten chosen, you will win a bundle of his books. We'll be linking to the archived Q&A from here in early October.

thisthreadwilloutme Tue 04-Sep-12 20:35:11

Hi, both of my kids love Oliver Jeffers book and we have watched Lost and Found on many rainy afternoons.

My daughter Eve would like to ask Oliver what his favorite book was when he was a child.

Thanks!

mahalo Tue 04-Sep-12 20:46:20

Big skies, wild landscapes and animals...searching, exploring, devouring knowledge (sometimes literally). How much of you is reflected in your books?
Cat

lionheart Tue 04-Sep-12 22:18:55

We love his books and the beautiful illustrations. DS would like to know why the boy doesn't have a name?!

savoycabbage Tue 04-Sep-12 22:24:06

I haven't seen this but I'm going to look for it now as it sounds right up my animal loving/pet wanting dd's street.

We are big fans in the Moaning household. My children are 3 and 5 and we read How to Catch a Star and The Way Back Home often smile I love the pictures, and the rhythm of the books, with the waiting and waiting and waiting and the higher and higher and higher bits.

Is that cute blond boy pictured at the end of the book you as a child?

Do you love stars very much too? Sorry, 2 questions but they are little ones.

DoubleYew Tue 04-Sep-12 22:50:42

Who are your favourite artists / illustrators?

Helium123 Tue 04-Sep-12 22:51:52

Hi, I love the look of your illustrations. They are beautiful and have a classic timeless feel to them yet appear with a modern twist. I understand one of your books was made into animation. My question follows, do you have plans or would you like to at some point create a children's television animation programme? smile

Firewall Tue 04-Sep-12 23:14:53

Hello! My daughter aspires to become a writer/illustrator one day, in your opinion, to become an illustrator is it something which you need to have a natural flair for or is it something that can be learnt and developed?
Do you take inspiration from others to create your style or is that something one develops through practice? Thank you.

countingdown Wed 05-Sep-12 11:52:28

My whole family love your books, the illustrations are incredible (our first Oliver Jeffers book was bought after falling in love with the illustrations whilst in a bookshop) We wondered, which comes first in your head - the illustrations or the story?

Would also love to know what else is lurking in the little boy's cupboard...an aeroplane which flies to the moon, a rocket, a boat...what is going to come out next?!

Now I am thinking about it, I have so many questions I'd love to ask! My children have the 'Lost and Found' dvd, which they love - were there any aspects of that which you weren't happy with, as it does differ slightly from your book.

We look forward to adding many more Oliver Jeffers books to our collection over the years!

gazzalw Wed 05-Sep-12 13:54:33

Dear Oliver

Firstly your books have been classic reading in our house for our DCs - wish your books had been around when DW and I were children.

Secondly, absolutely love your other artistic works and am looking forward to getting a copy of your coffee table book "Neither Here Nor There". Do you have any plans to do an A-Z in the same vein as the A Light Rain print? I for one would be interested!

Also, as someone who is an author, illustrator and artist, which authors, artists and illustrators inspire you?

iwantavuvezela Wed 05-Sep-12 16:11:45

We love your books and especially loved your talk at this years Hay Festival. My daughter asked you a question and was delighted with your answer.

nickelcognito Wed 05-Sep-12 16:40:24

But it's hardback!

most people don't buy hardbacks (round here)
even if it's recommended. sad

but I love Oliver Jeffers books - especially How to Catch a Star and Lsot and Found. grin

He's also recently done illustrations for older children's books - for David Almond and John Boyne, and they're fabulous.

No questions, I just wanted to say how much I love your picture books. How to catch a star, and the incredible book eating boy are much-loved favourites of --mine- ds1

We even saw a theatre production of the way back home

tootssweet Wed 05-Sep-12 17:21:06

We were introduced to your work through the fab Bootworks production of 'the Incredible Book Eating Boy' - have you seen it? Looking forward to Stuck now.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 05-Sep-12 18:34:36

It looks like a lovely book - I missed the deadline sad

DowagersHump Wed 05-Sep-12 20:02:05

Applied even those deadline had been and gone. I absolutely love Oliver Jeffers - the 'trilogy' of Lost and Found etc was the first book I ever bought my son (he'd had hand-me-downs before that) and we have all of them now.

My question is this: your books are often about friendship and how important friends are. Is this something you consciously want to write about to teach children to value their friends or is it more subconscious than that and do you know why that is? (Apologies if that is too personal a question)

ladygoldenlion Wed 05-Sep-12 20:06:06

Hi

We are big fans of The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

I used to rip down the sides of the pages and eat them blush

Is Henry based on you or someone you know?

Thanks,

Ladygoldenlion and lion cubs age 10, 8 and 4 xx

Blatherskite Wed 05-Sep-12 20:44:57

Hi Oliver. We met you in London while filming the Up and Down promo <waves> <ignores jealous glares>

The children and I love your books and the beautiful illustrations and also really enjoyed the film that was made of Lost and Found. Are there any plans to turn more of your books into short films?

Lilpickle08 Wed 05-Sep-12 20:59:19

Hello

Huge fan here, both my husband and I love your books and illustrations as do our two young kids!

As an aspiring children's writer.. (haha, well, ok, I might have written one book... !) I heard you mention that every story comes under 1 of 7 plot lines or story types (something like that?). What are they? I'm intrigued!

Thank you

Indith Wed 05-Sep-12 21:32:53

Oh dear I didn't even realise the deadline was gone before filling it in, I wish these threads were stickied when posted sad

We love the Oliver Jeffers books dearly, some we own, some are frequent visitors to our house from the library. all are adored smile

lionheart Wed 05-Sep-12 21:50:48

Just seen the illustration on the advert. It looks beautiful. smile

Blatherskite Wed 05-Sep-12 22:00:11

I missed the give away but have one on pre-order anyway. I should have had it by now but Amazon are being rubbish! Tempted to buy one tomorrow and cancel the order rather than wait

OhNoMyFoot Wed 05-Sep-12 22:08:31

How do I always miss these?

DuchessofMalfi Wed 05-Sep-12 22:24:08

Perhaps there ought to be a childrens' bookclub newsletter we could sign up for then we wouldn't miss out. I always seem to miss these and DS would have loved this.

FairyPenguin Wed 05-Sep-12 22:48:35

Everybody in our household loves Oliver's books, and they are real favourites that we go back to time and again. We don't get bored of reading them at all, and have recommended them many times to others.

The only question I can think of is: "Did you also feel seasick in the animated version of Lost and Found when they were sailing through the storm?!". It was so realistic, I had to look away after a while! Apart from that, we were pleased that it stuck to the storyline. We love the boy and the penguin. grin

Yamyoid Thu 06-Sep-12 05:13:43

Beautiful books. Love How to Catch a Star, great idea.

Hopezibah Fri 07-Sep-12 23:58:21

Oliver Jeffers is one of MY favourite authors! I have found that even though my kids really like Oliver Jeffers books, I am the one who is going to be keeping hold of them once they have grown up and left home. Just the other day when we visited the British Library we were trying to think about books with Moose in them and the only other famous Moose we could think of was rocky and bullwinkle which is not quite the same, so we are really pleased about your Moose book.

Sorry - i'm rambling...feeling very start-struck here even just typing a question for one of my fave author/illustrators!

Here's our question: We would like to know what are your favourite animals in real life and how do you decide which animals are going to feature in your story?

thank you! x

Catiinthehat Sun 09-Sep-12 00:17:23

Hi, you have so many amazing art projects and books. I was wondering, where do you draw your inspiration from for all your different works?

Thanks

We are huge fans and will definitely search out your moose book, especially as we are in Canada.

In your mind, what is the name of The Boy? We name him after DS1, and I wonder if you call him something too?

Eirwen Tue 11-Sep-12 08:42:10

Huge fans in this house. Our question is - What do you currently have in the pipeline and when will it be published ? Whatever it is, we will look forward to it! Thanks for many hours of enjoyment.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Sep-12 13:52:40

DuchessofMalfi

Perhaps there ought to be a childrens' bookclub newsletter we could sign up for then we wouldn't miss out. I always seem to miss these and DS would have loved this.

Sorry you missed out Duchess. The children's books of the month are always announced the first week (usually the Monday) of the month. There's always 24 hours to apply for your free copy.

If you're Oliver Jeffers fans, send in a question to Oliver before the end of the week and your question is chosen and answered, you will win the back catalogue of his books.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 11-Sep-12 17:58:26

Thanks - I'll make a note on our calendar smile And see if we can get a copy from the library.

modernbear Tue 11-Sep-12 18:02:23

I am always amazed by how children (in particular my son) absolutely adore all of Oliver Jeffers' books. The illustrations are very distinctive, you always know a Jeffers' book. At first I was a bit unsure about them, but my son has gradually made me love them as much as he does. How do you know an idea for book/story is going to work or not? Do you test drive it on anybody?

aristocat Thu 13-Sep-12 23:08:29

Another here who adores your books and illustrations.

Was Art your favourite subject at schoool?

chocolateistheenemy Thu 13-Sep-12 23:15:56

Hello Oliver
We're big fans here.
Have you seen the stage production of Lost and Found? We enjoyed it. Very gentle for our timid 3yr old (now 5).
My husband and I are both primary school teachers. He is a headteacher. Do you visit primary schools to talk to children about your books?

Indith Mon 17-Sep-12 10:56:57

I am very confused! A copy of This Moose Belongs to Me just landed on my doorstep! I didn't enter until after the deadline because I didn't read it properly so didn't know it had ended but I assume it must come from the giveaway? Not had any messages or e-mails form MNHQ though confused. Feeling very lucky though especailly since we also got the Florentine and Pig book not long ago!

Indith Mon 17-Sep-12 12:26:49

Anyone else had a surprise from the postie today?

Blatherskite Mon 17-Sep-12 12:31:18

I got a copy this morning too and like Indith, mis-read the comp and entered after the deadline so wasn't expecting anything.

I was so sure I wasn't getting one, I'd been out and bought it.

Indith Mon 17-Sep-12 13:46:22

Stash a copy away for a small child's birthday present!

Dd is home from nursery and enchanted. We have read it and looked at all the pictures. She loves the moose drinking from the lake on the cover and we liked the penguin smile

Blatherskite Mon 17-Sep-12 13:53:38

Good idea smile

countingdown Mon 17-Sep-12 14:24:27

Postman just brought us a copy of This Moose Belongs To Me, really pleased and am looking forward to reading it to my DS later on. It is a miserable day here today, so am looking forward to snuggling up together and reading this. The illustrations are stunning. Thank you very much for brightening up a very dull day!

stealthsquiggle Mon 17-Sep-12 14:25:00

Ah - not the only one, then. I was a tad confused to find a copy on my doorstep this morning.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Sep-12 16:14:04

Great to hear you've started the receive the free copies. We're sending the questions over to Oliver later today and can no longer take questions but would love to hear your dcs response to This Moose. Do post up your feedback and we'll pass on any comments to Oliver. We'll link to his answers to your questions within the next couple of weeks and announce the winners of his books on this thread.

chocolateistheenemy Mon 17-Sep-12 17:16:19

Thank you! What a lovely surprise. DS started school today and was very nervous but very brave so this was a wonderful treat for him to arrive home to.

Got my copy today, it's great thank you and DS really likes the pictures smile

Mine just arrived - a lovely surprise smile Will be having a look at it with the children when they get home from school/nursery.

stealthsquiggle Tue 18-Sep-12 21:52:15

DD and I read it tonight - it really is beautiful.

FWIW, DD(5) is very strongly of the opinion that the moose's real name is Marcel (she checked with her cuddly dragon, who agreed).

COCKadoodledooo Tue 18-Sep-12 22:42:32

Thanks so much you lovely MNHQ people! thanks It's a beautiful book and set to be a firm favourite here.

Lovely book thank you very much DD loves it already she likes pointing at the moose in the pictures. Think it will be a favorite as she grows up.

OptimisticPessimist Thu 20-Sep-12 12:56:08

Ours arrived yesterday, it's a beautiful book - DS2 loved it and gave it 10/10 grin thank you lovely MNHQ, I was sure we weren't going to get one because I'd done the form after the deadline so it was a lovely surprise thanks

Mondaybaby Fri 21-Sep-12 22:19:03

Thank you for my copy MN. It arrived on Tuesday but only managed to go and pick it up from the post office today. A lovely surprise.

DoubleYew Mon 24-Sep-12 12:49:57

Thank you, we got ours the other day. Really beautiful pictures and a lovely quirky story. We really like it smile.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Oct-12 13:46:12

Thanks for your comments and questions. We've sent a selection of ten questions over to Oliver and will be posting his answers over the next couple of weeks. If he's answered your question, you will win a selection of his earlier books.

We'll be announcing October's picture book of the month tomorrow, along with details of how to access one of fifty free copies - watch this space.

MTBMummy Mon 15-Oct-12 09:25:56

I know I'm very late - but I just wanted to add that DD loves this book, it's become one of her favorite bedtime books and now knows it by heart (as do I) and she loves to "read" (recite) the story as she pages through with comments like "cheeky moose" thrown in.

Thanks for an amazing book

Eirwen Thu 18-Oct-12 09:14:31

I'm also very late in commenting. Thanks, Mumsnet and Harper Collins for a really lovely, beautifully illustrated book. Already one of the favourite books at our house!

Helium123 Tue 23-Oct-12 10:49:34

Looking forward to Oliver Jeffers answers!! Are they back yet?
We loved the book we received! Have enjoyed reading it thoroughly!

Helium123 Fri 02-Nov-12 00:02:28

Any sign of the Oliver Jeffers Q&A?

FairyPenguin Wed 28-Nov-12 20:13:01

I'm also looking for it but not coming up on a search.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Nov-12 10:59:31

We're so sorry this has dragged on. We've been assured by Harper Collins that the answers will be back with us by 5 December. Rather than wait further for the Q&A to be archived, we'll post Oliver's answers up on this thread directly and announce the winners of the books. Apologies again for the delay.

Helium123 Sat 05-Jan-13 22:19:37

Wondering if I'd missed the Q&A ? sad

gazzalw Wed 09-Jan-13 12:00:51

Don't think the answers are back....

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jan-13 11:24:41

Horrah ! We finally have answers back from Mr Jeffers. The publishers offer their apologies for the delay - he's been really busy and they had difficulties pinning him down. Better late than never, we'll post his answers up on this thread in just one moment. To recap, if your question has been answered, you have won a bundle of Oliver Jeffers' books. We'll pm you with more details.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:32:19

thisthreadwilloutme

Hi, both of my kids love Oliver Jeffers book and we have watched Lost and Found on many rainy afternoons.

My daughter Eve would like to ask Oliver what his favorite book was when he was a child.

Thanks!

My favourite book as a child was probably the BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved how dark, mischievous, and full of adventure it was.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:32:55

lionheart

We love his books and the beautiful illustrations. DS would like to know why the boy doesn't have a name?!

The boy doesn't have a name as it makes it easier for people to put themselves in the story. He can be any boy. Anyone reading the book can be him. His world could be anywhere. People from Mexico to Malaysia all believe the boy books are set where they live. If you don't put detail in, often people will fill it for themselves.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:33:13

mahalo

Big skies, wild landscapes and animals...searching, exploring, devouring knowledge (sometimes literally). How much of you is reflected in your books?
Cat

An awful lot. To create characters and stories that connect with people, there has to be an honesty to them. The way in which I see my imaginary world is completely informed by the way in which I see the actual world and the experiences that I have collected over the years. It just comes out the way it does after it goes through a filter somewhere in my brain.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:33:29

DoubleYew

Who are your favourite artists / illustrators?

Right now, Kevin Waldron. Because he bought me lunch last week.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:33:46

Firewall

Hello! My daughter aspires to become a writer/illustrator one day, in your opinion, to become an illustrator is it something which you need to have a natural flair for or is it something that can be learnt and developed?
Do you take inspiration from others to create your style or is that something one develops through practice? Thank you.

It depends on the type of artist you want to be. In my opinion you do need to have natural flair and a confident vision of what you want to do. Various crafts and techniques can be picked up and perfected over years of practice, but with no one else telling you what to do, how you choose to put these crafts and techniques to use can make all the difference. As far as my inspiration, probably a bit of both. No one creates anything in a bubble, so there is no doubt that I've been inspired by things whether I've realized it or not, but much of finding your style comes from learning to see the way your hand likes to draw. That comes from practice.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:34:11

DowagersHump

Applied even those deadline had been and gone. I absolutely love Oliver Jeffers - the 'trilogy' of Lost and Found etc was the first book I ever bought my son (he'd had hand-me-downs before that) and we have all of them now.

My question is this: your books are often about friendship and how important friends are. Is this something you consciously want to write about to teach children to value their friends or is it more subconscious than that and do you know why that is? (Apologies if that is too personal a question)

Yes the boy books are about friendship. Because there is a quiet emotional sweep about these books, and friendship makes for such an interesting story structure, its a nice platform to work in. Its not that I'm trying to consciously impart any specific lessons about the value of friendships as much as I am fascinated with how we interact with others. As I said, friendships make for interesting stories.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:34:48

Lilpickle08

Hello

Huge fan here, both my husband and I love your books and illustrations as do our two young kids!

As an aspiring children's writer.. (haha, well, ok, I might have written one book... !) I heard you mention that every story comes under 1 of 7 plot lines or story types (something like that?). What are they? I'm intrigued!

Thank you

I've heard this a few times before. And a quick Google search tells me they are:
overcoming the monster; rags to riches; the quest; voyage and return; comedy; tragedy; rebirth.

which sounds about right. I can certainly fit all of my books into one of these structures.

That's just the plot though. Stories come to life through setting, character development, pace, dialogue and any number of other contributing factors. Guitars only have five strings but look how many songs have been written on them.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:35:11

Hopezibah

Oliver Jeffers is one of MY favourite authors! I have found that even though my kids really like Oliver Jeffers books, I am the one who is going to be keeping hold of them once they have grown up and left home. Just the other day when we visited the British Library we were trying to think about books with Moose in them and the only other famous Moose we could think of was rocky and bullwinkle which is not quite the same, so we are really pleased about your Moose book.

Sorry - i'm rambling...feeling very start-struck here even just typing a question for one of my fave author/illustrators!

Here's our question: We would like to know what are your favourite animals in real life and how do you decide which animals are going to feature in your story?

thank you! x

I'd love to see a hippo in real life. I've heard they're actually pretty mean. I also love dogs. I have a small dog that came form a shelter. No idea what breed, but we call her Scampi. I don't like mice any more, as there are a family of them living in my studio and I can't get rid of them.

I've never really thought about how I decide which animals I draw. I suppose I just start drawing and sometimes certain animals come out.

I decided a long time ago I didn't want to direct my process any more than I had to. Something was working and that was good enough for me. That still stands.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:35:22

Eirwen

Huge fans in this house. Our question is - What do you currently have in the pipeline and when will it be published ? Whatever it is, we will look forward to it! Thanks for many hours of enjoyment.

I'm currently working on a large collection of (very) short stories that appear in alphabetical order. I think it comes out next year. I recently finished the second Hueys adventure which comes out in May.

OliverJeffers Fri 11-Jan-13 12:35:47

modernbear

I am always amazed by how children (in particular my son) absolutely adore all of Oliver Jeffers' books. The illustrations are very distinctive, you always know a Jeffers' book. At first I was a bit unsure about them, but my son has gradually made me love them as much as he does. How do you know an idea for book/story is going to work or not? Do you test drive it on anybody?

Not really. It’s just instinct. I seem to have a good sense of judgement for what will work for me. I try to satisfy my own sense of curiosity and create the sort of books I would enjoy, both as a child, and now. Lots of people seem to enjoy the way I see the world. I work with an editor, who I bounce ideas off, but if too many opinions are asked for, and then listened to, it becomes to design-by-committee and you run the risk of diluting a clarity of vision.

Hopezibah Thu 17-Jan-13 23:05:26

big sigh! How lovely reading all of Olivers answers - I always thought he was such an inspiration and now he is even more so. Thank you mumsnet and thank you Oliver Jeffers. I love that answer about 'guitars only have 5 strings but look how many songs have been written on them'. That is just beautiful xxx

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