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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007262302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007262304
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 0.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

www.oliverjeffers.com
www.oliverjeffersworld.com

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Praise for ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’

"Mouth-wateringly irresistible" The Guardian

Praise for ‘Lost and Found’:

‘An uplifting story…pictures of such spare beauty…suffused with a dreamlike quality.’ Independent Online

‘Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship…illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression…and body language.’ Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

Praise for ‘How to Catch a Star’:

‘The best recent picture book by light years… 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.’ The Guardian

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is crammed full of fantastic art from what must be one of the best childrens authors for a long time.

It's cute and stylish, unmistakably Oliver Jeffers.

I don't think the story is as strong as his other books, but it is still a great story, and the very last page is brilliant!

A little boy flies his plane higher and higher until he runs out of petrol and becomes stranded on the moon, thankfully he manages to make a friend when a passing Martian crash lands after his engine fails. Will they both make it back home? And will they ever speak again?
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This lovely picture book has great stylized pictures, with an endearingly quirky story to match. The boy finds an old fashioned aeroplane and there's a good sequence of illustrations as he dons flying helmet, jacket and goggles. Off he flies until he runs out of petrol at the moon. Just as he begins to get lonely and afraid, a delightful little green alien with engine failure also becomes stuck on the moon and they become friends. There's a second lovely sequence of illustrations as the two marooned explorers think together about how to get them both back home and they then succeed in a rather foolish and surreal but amusing fashion. Finally, just as you think the story is finished you turn over to the very last page and there's an extra smile for the reader, and a "what do you think happens next" addition to the story.
Also, if you bother with author biographies, it's a lovely to have a picture of Jeffers as a boy and my children are fascinated by his having a green brother - a lovely touch.
This is my favourite of the boy's adventures so far, which seem to be getting increasingly original - though I do also recommend the others. All three books are entirely stand alone, though it is fun for the child who is familiar with the other two to spot the penguin from `Lost and Found' and the rocket from `How to Catch a Star' appearing in the pictures of this one. This is a very enjoyable book to read to your children and I thoroughly recommend it for 2-5s.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Simmons on 31 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was a panic buy - I was on holiday with my 4 children and had forgotten their favourite bedtime stories. I rushed into an English bookshop in the Algarve, grabbed the first book that looked suitable and read it, that afternoon, to 3 of the kids (16 months, 3 years & 6 years). I haven't stopped reading it since! My 16 month old points to the beautiful illustrations and babbles constantly, my 3 year old is fascinated and talks about the book all the time (he even imagines he's the little boy) and my 6 year old really enjoyed the story and was delighted when he spotted the penguin (apparently from the book Lost & Found which he'd read at school). The story is original and just seems to capture the childrens' imaginations beautifully. Don't hesitate - buy this book! I'm now going to order some other books by this author!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Jenkins on 10 May 2010
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This is a really gorgeous story. My 21 month old son loves it and I enjoy reading it to him. He also has fun with the little toy that came with it, calling it a 'radio' and pressing the buttons to hear the alien noises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. J. Wallman on 27 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old has all 3, and he loves them all. This is the newest of his collection being a present for Christmas, and he loves the tales of the little boy. Great books for wild imaginations.
Keep them coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Leisa Tayler on 7 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first of Oliver Jeffers' books I bought for my 2 year old son. Oliver Jeffers is such a perfect inspiration for little boys intersted in space and rockets like my little boy. The drawings are so childlike my son is mesmorised by them. The story is a perfect length and leaves you hoping he choses it again the next night. Brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cloudspotter on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I wasn't overly bothered about this book, but my daughters absolutely loved it. I think Oliver Jeffers has a knack of tapping into the children's eye view of the world with lovely childlike illustrations.

The story is very simple, but it made sense to my 5 year old, who has declared this and To catch a star her favourite books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 May 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a story about the boy from Oliver Jeffers' other books (Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star etc). He find an aeroplane in his cupboard, flies it higher and higher until it runs out of petrol and he ends up stuck on the moon. He is alone and afraid in the dark. A martian's spaceship has an engine break down and he crashes on the moon too. They both hear noises and are afraid, but find eachother and realise that they aren't alone any more. They discuss their respective problems. The boy parachutes into the sea to get things to fix the craft and swims to home where he goes and watches television with the penguin until he remembers that he should be getting the things they need. He climbs up a mountain and the martian lowers him a rope which he climbs. They fix the aeroplane and spaceship and say goodbye and both go home. The boy gets a parcel containing a walkie talkie which says 'hello' as the boy wanders away.

The story just isn't as neat or poignant as 'How to Catch a Star' or 'Lost and Found'. The pictures and language are lovely but it just fails to hang together for me. Especially as for very unrealistic stories which are going to confuse a 3 year old who is just trying to figure out how the world works, there has to be a fair bit in their favour to counteract that. On the other hand, my 3 year old did quite enjoy it - though not one as not as much as those other two Oliver Jeffers books. It's been reread a bit but not a lot.
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