Once there was a boy... by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy...

Written by Oliver Jeffers
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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Enjoy four exciting adventures of the boy, as he learns how to catch a star, journeys to the South Pole and the moon - making new discoveries and finding friendship along the way in this beautiful hardback slipcase edition of 4 favourite Oliver Jeffers stories.

A review for How to Catch a Star...An inspirational story from internationally bestselling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator Oliver Jeffers. A little boy so loves the stars that he decides to set off and try to catch one. But catching a star is not as easy as it looks. It’s a captivating quest with a very satisfying ending.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. How to Catch a Star introduced the little boy who loved stars so much that he decided to catch one of his own. This boxed set contains this and three further stories about the boy – Lost and Found, The Way Back Home and Up and Down. (Ages 3-6)
~ Fiona Lafferty


Once there was a boy... by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy, and one day...

This collection includes the award-winning picture books: 'How to Catch a Star', 'Lost and Found', 'The Way Back Home' and 'Up and Down'


Praise for 'Lost and Found'

'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story...little children will love to share it. Carousel

'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.' Irish Independent

Praise for 'How to Catch a Star':

'The best recent picture book by light years... stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph

'Hail to new talent... If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.

Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) the boy heroically rows to the south pole for the sake of an unhappy penguin, and in The Way Back Home (2007) he rescues a young Martian whose spaceship has crashed on the moon.

The Heart and the Bottle is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. This is a book to return to time and time again says Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert.

Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers was born in Australia in 1977 and brought up in Belfast. He studied visual communication at the University of Ulster, and graduated in 2001. Jeffers became passionate about making picture books when he began to understand the subtle relationship between words and pictures – ‘that was what excited me. Until I got really involved, I hadn't realised how just a few words can totally change the meaning of a picture.’ Now living in New York, he works as a painter, designer, printmaker and installation artist, but remains very busy making picture books.

Did you know?

Oliver loves plastic food, suitcase handles and Elvis, and has developed a bizarre habit of endlessly writing lists he never reads. He remains hell bent on travelling all over the world.

You can see Oliver talking about his artwork in this video:

We have a super set of Oliver Jeffers activity pages to download :

Once Upon an Alphabet colouring in.

The Day the Crayons Came Home maze.

Incredible Book-eating Boy wordsearch.

Stuck wordsearch.

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Contains 4 Hardbacks
136 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

25th September 2014




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