Oliver Jeffers was my daughter’s first book obsession. Suddenly she wanted to read Lost and Found, How to Catch a StarÂ and The Way Back HomeÂ over and over again. I can understand how she fell in love with them as I love them too.
Oliver Jeffers’ books capture a simple wonder of the world where rowing to the South Pole or flying to the moon are within your grasp. His stunning illustrations bring alive his imaginative tales and are a wonder in themselves. They are particularly accessible to young children as the language used is simpleÂ without being patronising.Â The Incredible Book Eating BoyÂ saw theÂ use of collage which addsÂ an extra dimension when we’re reading as my daughter loves to pick out new details. The Great Paper CaperÂ is a whodunit and I’m not about to ruin it for you here!
When Lost and Found was turned into an animation in 2008 I watched with trepidation, afraid that it wouldn’t be able to live up to the special quality the book possesses. Thankfully, it was just as wonderful and seemed to capture the imagination of every child I know.
We are eagerly awaiting the release of The Heart and the BottleÂ next week on Thursday 4th of March. It is a story of love and loss and we can not wait for our copy to drop onto the doormat.
If you adore Oliver Jeffers’ art work take a look at my post about his limited edition prints.