Oliver Jeffers - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Oliver Jeffers

A Little Paper Caper

A Little Paper Caper

Baby and Toddler

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Board book Release Date: 22/01/2018

There was once a forest where everyone was contentedly going about their business. All was well until the strangest thing suddenly started happening. Without any warning, branches started disappearing from trees. Something would have to be done, everyone agreed - everyone that is, except for someone who was acting very mysteriously indeed.  

It Wasn't Me

It Wasn't Me

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2013

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 they don’t! One day Gillespie comes across them having a very big fight indeed! What on earth is it about? No one can even remember! Luckily Gillespie has a great way of distracting everyone.   

Stuck

Stuck

Baby and Toddler

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

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 book with a wonderful surprise ending.

Other books by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2019

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of world-renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers' debut picture book, the much-loved How to Catch a Star! The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. Now beloved by children all over the world, the book has achieved huge critical and commercial success. Oliver and HarperCollins are proud to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings - a book that no Oliver Jeffers fan will want to be without!

The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 17/12/2018

READ BY PAUL MCGANN. An exciting intergalactic adventure from shining star Oliver Jeffers, creator of Lost and Found. One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly, he runs out of petrol! Miles from earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft. Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox. Can the boy find his way back home safely and will he ever make it back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

The Boy His Stories and How They Came to be

The Boy His Stories and How They Came to be

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A spectacular collection of four much-loved modern classics from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers, along with a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the making of each in four fascinating sketchbook sections. Contains the following stories: How to Catch a Star Lost and Found The Way Back Home Up and Down Also within the pages of this exquisite collection is a special letter from Oliver Jeffers and more than 100 wonderfully distinctive sketches, notes and ideas, carefully chosen from his archives and revealed here for the first time. Watch as the boy and his friends spring to life on the sketchbook pages. See the real-life starfish that appears in How to Catch a Star, learn the true story of the boy and the penguin who inspired Lost and Found and find out what the Martian's dad looks like! With all these things, and more, this incredible volume gives a unique insight into the life story of the iconic books - loved by readers the world over - and celebrates the incredible work of one of today's most popular and highly regarded picture book creators.

An Alphabet of Stories

An Alphabet of Stories

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The alphabet is gloriously brought to life by international best-selling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. This beautiful paperback edition is based on Once Upon an Alphabet which won the CBI Book of the Year Award. From an astronaut afraid of heights, to dynamic detectives the Owl and the Octopus, by way of some rusting robots, you will find within this book a short story inspired by every letter of the alphabet. By turns funny, sad, mischievous and surprising, these entertaining mini-tales are accompanied by Jeffers' witty and inviting illustrations.

A Little Paper Caper

A Little Paper Caper

Baby and Toddler

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Board book Release Date: 22/01/2018

There was once a forest where everyone was contentedly going about their business. All was well until the strangest thing suddenly started happening. Without any warning, branches started disappearing from trees. Something would have to be done, everyone agreed - everyone that is, except for someone who was acting very mysteriously indeed.  

Mach is Dachaidh

Mach is Dachaidh

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2015

How To Catch A Star

How To Catch A Star

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2014

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of world-renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers' debut picture book, the much-loved How to Catch a Star! The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. Now beloved by children all over the world, the book has achieved huge critical and commercial success. Oliver and HarperCollins are proud to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings - a book that no Oliver Jeffers fan will want to be without!

Lost And Found

Lost And Found

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

There once was a boy...and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn't what the penguin was looking for after all...

Stuck

Stuck

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 29/08/2013

READ BY TERENCE STAMP. 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! Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that got stuck, along with... a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back? A hilarious book with a wonderful surprise ending.

Hueys - It Wasn't Me

Hueys - It Wasn't Me

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Meet the Hueys - a fabulously quirky group of characters from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. A fight has broken out amongst The Hueys. "e;It was not me! It was him!"e; But no one can remember what they're fighting about. If only they could find an interesting distraction...

It Wasn't Me

It Wasn't Me

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2013

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 they don’t! One day Gillespie comes across them having a very big fight indeed! What on earth is it about? No one can even remember! Luckily Gillespie has a great way of distracting everyone.   

Once there was a boy...

Once there was a boy...

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2013

A must-have for all Oliver Jeffers fans, this CD unites all four Boy stories for the first time. Read by Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant, these charming stories are brought to life with music and sound effects. Stretching from the moon all the way to the South Pole, follow the boy and the penguin on their adventures as they reach for the stars and try to fly away. Featuring: How to Catch a Star Lost and Found The Way Back Home Up and Down

Hueys - The New Jumper

Hueys - The New Jumper

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

Introducing the Hueys - a fabulously quirky group of characters in a hilarious new series from internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. 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? A hilarious story about individuality.

Up and Down

Up and Down

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2012

A miniature hardback edition of this fantastic sequel to Lost and Found, by internationally bestselling author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers, in which we re-visit the boy and the penguin after their trip to the South Pole... The boy and the penguin still enjoy spending all their time together... That is, until the penguin starts to dream of flying, ignoring the boy's advice that it is impossible. Running away, the penguin visits place after place, searching for a chance to get his feet off the ground. But will flying be everything he had hoped? And is the boy missing him as much as he is missing the boy? A heart-warming story about friendship, love and reaching for your dreams, from highly-regarded, multi-award-winning author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

This Moose Belongs to Me

This Moose Belongs to Me

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2012

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, Oliver Jeffers. Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn't always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel. Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules on How to Be a Good Pet. But one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own... Is Marcel really Wilfred's pet after all? A beautifully-illustrated, witty and thought-provoking story, exploring the concept of ownership.

The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming and uplifting tale. Once there was a girl who was full of wonderment at how the world worked. She shared all her dreams and excitement with her father, who always had the answer to every question. That is until one day when his chair was empty, not to be filled again - how would she find the meaning of life now?

Up And Down

Up And Down

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2011

READ BY RICHARD E. GRANT. In this much-anticipated sequel to the internationally best-selling picture book Lost and Found, we re-visit the boy and the penguin after their trip to the South Pole... The boy and the penguin still enjoy spending all their time together... That is, until the penguin starts to dream of flying, ignoring the boy's advice that it is impossible. Running away, the penguin visits place after place, searching for a chance to get his feet off the ground. But will flying be everything he had hoped? And is the boy missing him as much as he is missing the boy? A heart-warming story about friendship, love and reaching for your dreams, from highly-regarded, multi-award-winning author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

Stuck

Stuck

Baby and Toddler

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

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 book with a wonderful surprise ending.

Heart And The Bottle

Heart And The Bottle

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2011

Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming and uplifting tale. Once there was a girl who was full of wonderment at how the world worked. She shared all her dreams and excitement with her father, who always had the answer to every question. That is until one day when his chair was empty, not to be filled again - how would the girl ever find meaning from her life again?

This Moose Belongs to Me

This Moose Belongs to Me

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

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, Oliver Jeffers. "e;Wilfred owned a moose. He hadn't always owned a moose. The moose came to him a while ago and he knew, just KNEW, that it was meant to be his. He thought he would call him Marcel."e; Most of the time Marcel is very obedient, abiding by the many rules on How to Be a Good Pet. But one dark day, while deep in the woods, someone else claims the moose as their own...Is Marcel really Wilfred's pet after all? An beautifully-illustrated, witty and thought-provoking story, exploring the concept of ownership.

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