Oliver Jeffers - Author Picture

Oliver Jeffers - Illustrator

Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award.

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, numerous 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.

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.

Photo Credit Malcolm Brown

Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created a deeply touching introduction to the world as a physical...
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Format: Hardback | Released 14/11/2017
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An Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
Buy a book by Oliver Jeffers and you become owner of a complete and perfect work of art. An Alphabet is so much more than an alphabet book. Each page features one object, one letter, one word, yet each is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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A Little Stuck
Oliver Jeffers
A specially adapted board book edition of Oliver Jeffers' laugh-out-loud classic, Stuck. Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck up a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers! A...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/06/2016
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What's the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers's endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 05/05/2016
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What's the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers's endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows that Down is the opposite of Up, that...
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Format: Board book | Released 05/05/2016
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The Hueys - it Wasn't Me
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. If they like...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/04/2016
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's highly-entertaining book is now available in board book form. Colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he finds a stack of letters inside. Every...
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Format: Board book | Released 25/02/2016
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Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and One of our Books of the Year 2015 -Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/09/2015
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The Day the Crayons Came Home
Drew Daywalt - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Those obstreperous crayons, colourful stars of The Day the Crayons Quit, are back – or at least, they're trying to get back… Duncan is at home happily colouring, when a strange set...
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Format: Hardback | Released 18/08/2015
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What's the Opposite?
Oliver Jeffers
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 Award-winning Oliver Jeffers's endearingly simple Hueys are always asking interesting questions to help them find out more. This time they want to know more about opposites. Some opposites are easy. Everyone knows...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2015
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The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. The thing about...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/05/2015
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None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Now available as a board book. Award-winning Oliver Jeffer's unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/05/2015
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None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing – to lead an utterly normal life. But when Barnaby,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Once there was a boy...
Oliver Jeffers
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...
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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This Moose Belongs to Me
Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year 2012 and the Honour Award for Illustration from Childrens' Books Ireland, 2013. An exquisite new book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally bestselling, multi-prize-winning picture book creator,...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 28/08/2014
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2015, and winner in books for younger children category - Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2014- One of the Lovereading4kids Readers'...
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Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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The Hueys - None the Number
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/05/2014
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It Wasn't Me
Oliver Jeffers
Mostly the Hueys get along just fine. But occasionally, they do NOT! When a big fight breaks out everyone says they are not to blame. Strangely, none of them can even remember what they are fighting about! In his simple...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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How to Catch a Star
Oliver Jeffers
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of How to Catch a Star with this new toddler-friendly board book edition! 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...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards - Best Illustrated book to read aloud. Celebrating the value of friendship, this is an exquisitely illustrated picture book with a simple story line. Opening his door and finding a penguin on it, the little...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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Up and Down
Oliver Jeffers
A touching story of how two friends feel when they separate and try to manage without each other. Prize-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers specialises in spare illustrations which are warm hearted but also capture the deep sadness of being alone in...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the imagination of toddlers. Jeffers' illustrations are an absolute delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original story about friendship and home. The Way Back Home...
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Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize & Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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This Moose Belongs to Me
Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year 2012 and the Honour Award for Illustration from Childrens' Books Ireland, 2013. Now out in paperback, this is an exquisite book, featuring a boy and his moose, from internationally...
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Format: Paperback | Released 29/08/2013
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 3-6 years category. Award-winning Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt's highly-entertaining new book means that colouring will never be the same again! When Duncan goes to take out his crayons one day he...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/07/2013
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It Wasn't Me
Oliver Jeffers
Award-winning Oliver Jeffers is spare in both his illustrations and his text in this witty story that gets to the heart of the stupidity of most arguments! His simple characters, the Hueys, mostly get along very well indeed but sometimes...
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Format: Hardback | Released 25/04/2013
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Little Rebel Children's Book Award 2013. In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2013
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The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same! They all look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper! How will the other Hueys react?...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/09/2012
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize & Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing – to lead an utterly normal life. But when Barnaby,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/08/2012
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Stuck
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck up a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers! A hilarious book with a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2012
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The Hueys in The New Jumper
Oliver Jeffers
The thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same! They all look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper! How will the other Hueys react?...
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Format: Hardback | Released 26/04/2012
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Stuck
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011 Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck up a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers! A hilarious...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Up and Down
Oliver Jeffers
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. A touching story of how two friends feel when they separate and try to manage without each other. Prize-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers specialises in spare illustrations which are warm hearted...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/04/2011
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Up and Down
Oliver Jeffers
A touching story of how two friends feel when they separate and try to manage without each other. Prize-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers specialises in spare illustrations which are warm hearted but also capture the deep sadness of being alone in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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The Heart and the Bottle
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 Award winning Oliver Jeffers's latest book is wholly compelling for the importance of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2010
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The Heart and the Bottle
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011 Award winning Oliver Jeffers's latest book is wholly compelling for the importance of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2010
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