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PublisherHarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Suitable for AgesBooks for Babies and Toddlers
Publication date1st April 2010
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How to Catch a Star
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The Lovereading comment:
A prize winning illustrator with a reputation for spare illustrations which pack a huge emotional punch. 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.
SynopsisHow to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
There once was a boy and the boy loved stars very much! How to Catch a Star is a firm favourite with picture book readers, critics and booksellers alike. The beautiful illustrations and enchanting story have won the hearts of children all over the world - a dazzling debut for picture book star, Oliver Jeffers. Now made available for the first time in a toddler-friendly board format, the youngest generation can enjoy this unforgettable story about friendship.
'The best recent picture book by light years! Stylishly spellbinding'.
'A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.'
'This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams.'
Mail on Sunday
'Hail to new talent! If only all picture books could be this good.'
'Lost and Found': 'An uplifting story ! Pictures of such spare beauty suffused with a dreamlike quality.'
'Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship. The illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression!and body language.'
Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story. Little children will love to share it.'
'Jeffers has a unique writing and illustrative style. It's a wonderful picture book.'
'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.'
About The Author
Oliver Jeffers is still relatively new to the world of book illustration and yet he has already 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.
His latest 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.
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:
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