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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.

Photo credit Caroline Tompkins

Featured books by Oliver Jeffers

A Little Paper Caper

A Little Paper Caper

3+ readers

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 Illustrator: 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.   

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Stuck

Stuck

3+ readers

Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: 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.

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Other books by Oliver Jeffers

An Alphabet of Stories

An Alphabet of Stories

Author: Oliver Jeffers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2021

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.

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