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What We'll Build

Written by Oliver Jeffers

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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What We'll Build Review

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Star Books

A childhood classic that will be shared over and over again

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2022 ages 3-6 | October 2020 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2020

Award-winning Oliver Jeffers will capture the hearts and minds of children and adults alike with this story of a father and daughter making plans to build a world that will keep them safe in the future. Brimming with hope but not ignoring the possibilities that the world and what happens next in it will present challenges, What We’ll Build is founded in the mundane (almost!) as the father and his daughter assemble building tools including a hammer, saw and drill – and a pig! What they go on to build including a place to store love, a hole to hide in, a wall to keep enemies out and a gate to let them, a tunnel to anywhere, a road to the stars and much more and the reasons why they may need them it is summed up in the briefest of texts and Jeffers magical, vividly coloured story- telling illustrations. Inspired by becoming a father, What We’ll Build is a childhood classic that will be shared over and over again.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Oliver Jeffers said “When my son was born, Here We Are was written for him as I tried to make sense of the world for both of us. Not long after our daughter was born, I realised I’d never hear the end of it if she didn’t get a book too, so it’s a good thing I was experiencing a not-dissimilar internal dialogue of transition with new parenthood. For one thing, contemplating the importance of raising a daughter in what will hopefully soon no longer be a man’s world, but more than that, this poem contemplates what home is, the importance of family, but also the strength of the invisible bonds of any loving relationship through thick and thin. It is all about the pure potential of what will come, both good and bad, and how, ultimately, people need each other. Even if that is just for someone to listen to all your plans.”


Julia Eccleshare's Picks for October 2020

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth by Francesca Gibbons

The History of Everything in 32 Pages by Anna Claybourne

What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Who Makes a Forest by Sally Nicholls

The Good Bear by Sarah Lean

The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell

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What We'll Build Synopsis

What shall we build, you and I? I'll build your future and you'll build mine. We'll build a watch to keep our time.

A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm. 

** The extract is subject to copyright © 2020 Oliver Jeffers

What We'll Build Press Reviews

Praise for Here We Are:

The witty images are atmospheric and full of enthralling detail  Nicolette Jones / The Times

An optimistic snapshot of contemporary life, this heartfelt hug of a book ought to become a classic   The Guardian

Beautiful illustrations  Creative Review

There is a childlike awe and wonder about the stars and planets in the book  The Irish Times

Delightfully illustrated Time

Beautifully illustrated   Artists & Illustrators

This performer had assured pace and charm. The storytelling was captivating and a beautifully realised gem, with a surprise ending. Gorgeous!   Audio Production Awards judges

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ISBN: 9780008382209
Publication date: 06/10/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008382209
Publication date: 6th October 2020
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Ecological and Environmental, Family / Home Stories, Gift Books
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Star Books
Collections: 40 Great Bedtime Stories for the Under 5s, Our favourite children's books of 2020,

About 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) ...

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