You know what they say about reindeer…big antlers, big…bone. Yup
Actually if you squint just so it looks a bit like a giant cobweb draped fruit bat ai it’s flees madly down a subway tunnel to avoid the Evening Commuter Special, only to encounter a small fire started by hooligans…and a weird bone,uh thingy.
You have to squint ‘just’ right though.
Definitely not a modern reindeer, which got me to thinking maybe it’s supposed to be some kind of extinct beastie. Sure enough, it’s modeled after an Irish elk. If you run a Google image search on ye olde Irish elk, you’ll find a couple other illustrations that almost surely served as inspiration for this one, or possibly vice versa. Close enough anyway that the original artist is going to be either irritated or flattered.
@Tat Wood – Having read neither book, I don’t know how close the authors are to each other. So I do have to agree it’s probably more the publisher’s doing than the author’s. Presumably for filming rights. “They filmed that other book, so why not this one?”