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How to Catch a Star [Paperback]

Oliver Jeffers
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Book Description

3 May 2005

An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. The beautifully illustrated, original debut picture book from shining talent Oliver Jeffers.

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.

So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007150342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007150342
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 25.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland.

From figurative painting, collage and installation to illustration and award winning picture-books, Oliver Jeffers practice takes many forms.

His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum New York.

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over 30 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and the New York Times Bestseller This Moose Belongs to Me and #1 New York Times Bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit.

Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with artist and filmmaker Mac Premo. He has made art for Newsweek, The New York Times, United Airlines, TED, Nintendo, and has illustrated a a number of novels.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day.

Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London based Studio AKA, screening on Christmas Eve 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Nickelodeon in the US and Australia.

Oliver was born in Port Hedland, Australia, grew up and was educated in Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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“…the best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding” Telegraph

“A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.” Guardian

“This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams… Adults tend to think of waiting as tedious, but the magic of this book is that it understands waiting as children wait – alert, apprehensive and using their imaginations.” Mail on Sunday

“Hail to new talent… If only all picture books could be this good" The Bookseller

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Once there was a boy and he loved stars very much...every night he watched stars from his bedroom window has wished he had one of his own. one day, he decided he would try to catch a star of his very own...but first he had to think of a plan

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enchanting 6 May 2007
Oliver Jeffers is my favourite childrens author. And this book is another fine example of why...

...The story itself is simple, but not patronising. It is a lovely story about a little boy who wants a star, and his quest is detailed in such a humourous way (he couldn't travel in his rocket as he'd used up all the petrol last Tuesday). For the story alone this book would be an asset to any childs story collection - but Oliver Jeffers' books have a little something else - the illustrations!

Oliver Jeffers does his own illustrations, they are unique in style, and genuinely quite beautiful. They make every page turn a joy, and you find yourself immersed in the story, and loving the art you have in front of you.

Your child will love this book - and you will too.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic 17 Feb 2006
Once there was a boy and the boy lived stars very much…’
How to Catch a Star was the first book by the young writer and artist Oliver Jeffers. It proved to be a stunning and quite unforgettable debut, winning a number of awards. The story is set around a boy, who loves stars and wishes that he has one of his very own so that they could take long walks together and play hide and seek. So, he decides to do something about it and try to catch one for himself. Unfortunately when he wakes up in the morning, there are no stars to be found, ‘so he waited…and he waited…and ate lunch…and waited. And after dinner he waited some more.’
Finally, just as the sun is setting he eventually sees one and sets about catching it. Unfortunately the trees simply aren’t tall enough and because he happened to use all his petrol on his spaceship last Tuesday whilst travelling to the moon, he finds himself starless once again.
Does he finally get a star? I’m not going to tell you, but it does have a very happy ending.
This book really should not be missed. The colours that Jeffers has used in his illustrations, should have you pulling it off the shelf alone. The story is very simple, and young children will absolutely adore it, as well as parents and adults. Oliver Jeffers has exhibited paintings all around the world, and it’s not hard to understand why. This book is a visual feast and the whole family will enjoy it.
The book is 32 pages long and was first published in June 2004. Jeffers has just released another book called Lost and Found, and is soon to be releasing another later this year.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful modern book for young children. 25 Nov 2007
This is a lovely book. I was drawn to buy it from the great reviews it had received and I'm truly glad I did. The story is so poignant that I actually feel quite tearful each time I read it and my 34 month old absolutely adores it - I don't think she quite understands the concept of trying to catch star as she told me the other day that she wants to buy the moon in Tesco! However, it's the futility of trying to catch a real star that makes this story so sad but so sweet at the same time - and the ending, without wanting to spoil it, is perfect. The illustrations are just beautiful and the story is brilliant. I can't put this one down. I usually prefer classic children's stories as I can't bare 'political correctness' but this story is wonderful. I can't wait for my 12 month old to get into it too. Oliver Jeffers is a genius.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Magic 11 Sep 2005
My two year old daughter just loves this wonderful book. Every night we read it and the magic continues... Gorgeous illustrations, a simple heartwarming story and best of all - a happy ending!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 20 Jan 2010
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This was a great discussion story for my class of 6 year olds. Stunning illustrations and a happy story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CATCH A STAR 23 Nov 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! 9 April 2009
By Annie
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Absolutely beautiful. My two-year-old loves the simple yet magical story and the beautiful illustrations. A must for every toddler's bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful gift that gives back :) 29 Dec 2008
By T
This was a Christmas present for my son and the set is something we are enjoying together! The book is adorable and fits well under the covers to be read by the light of the flash light that is included! Plus the poster has a star chart on one side and the front cover on the other - PLUS ..glow in the dark stars! Makes for a great adventure in collecting your own stars together!

What a great surprize!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story and delightful illustrations
I liked everything about it. Very sweet story and beautiful illustrations made it a pleasant good night story to read
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1.0 out of 5 stars not a good iPad edition
For whatever reason, the format means that the right hand quarter or so of each page does not show. This does not affect any of the text but does mean you miss a lot of the (very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars kids love it
All my kids love this story and they have read it over and over again it really is a lovely story
Published 3 months ago by helena higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for early readers & art lovers alike!
How to Catch a Star tells the story of a boy who loves stars and dreams of having his own star one day. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MissMelvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
This is a nice story about a boy trying to get a star. This illustrations are lovely and quite different. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning illustrations
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