Oliver Jeffers


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Oliver Jeffers was born in Port Hedland, Western Australia in 1977 and bred in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

As a teenager, he thoroughly enjoyed playing the spoons and travelled the land frequenting every pub he could find looking for a group of musicians to harmoniously add his percussive talents to. Unfortunately, no-one recognised his musical talent, so to force some other way of fitting in, Oliver painted them instead. It was when he came runner-up in The Irish News amateur art competition in 1995 that he seriously considered painting as a direction in which to take his life. It was a good decision, as since then Oliver has travelled the globe extensively, exhibiting his work in New York, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Belfast and Glengormley.

He made his name as a young contemporary artist with several small exhibitions in Belfast between 1995 and 1998. At this time, Oliver also began illustrating book jackets for local publishing houses.

Whilst taking a break from university during 1999-2000, Oliver travelled across America and Australia, settling in Sydney for a period to work in freelance illustration and painting. In Australia, he illustrated for various magazines and got his first big break when Lavazza Coffee Company saw his offbeat coffee illustrations. They subsequently commissioned him to paint some pictures for their HQ and to illustrate their Christmas cards. They also featured him in a live exhibition during the Aroma coffee festival at The Rocks, Sydney, where he illustrated on site in front of thousands of people, using coffee rings and black ink.

Oliver's eye-catching style of artwork has taken him in many directions, including poster illustration, painting 10 commissioned artworks for a London bar and designing album covers. He paints in an impressive range of styles and sizes with a wide variety of media, and is currently experimenting by pushing the creative boundaries of picture books.

Oliver began writing and illustrating children's stories when he realised that people didn't believe what he did with his time. He has had a number of adventures that he has collected into his books for children; his debut picture book, How to Catch a Star, was inspired by a moment sitting on the end of a jetty in Sydney, looking at the stars. In 2004, the book was also short listed for the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best New Illustrator. In 2005, How to Catch a Star won a Merit Award at the CBI/Bisto Book of Year Awards. After the international success of How to Catch a Star, Oliver went on to produce the breathtakingly beautiful follow-up, Lost and Found.

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. His latest book is The Great Paper Caper, a beautiful new book printed entirely on environmentally friendly paper.


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Picture Books | Book and CD Sets
1. Lost and Found
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
4.8 out of 5 stars (109 customer reviews)
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HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
2 May 2006
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‘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 ... Read more

2. How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star
by Oliver Jeffers
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 customer reviews)
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3 May 2005
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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 ... Read more

3. The Way Back Home
The Way Back Home
by Oliver Jeffers
4.4 out of 5 stars (48 customer reviews)
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5 May 2008
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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 ... Read more

4. The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
by Oliver Jeffers
4.7 out of 5 stars (51 customer reviews)
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25 June 2009
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"Mouth-wateringly irresistible" The Guardian "This is a book that children will devour." The Observer "The whole thing looks good enough to eat." Times Educational Supplement ... Read more

5. The Great Paper Caper
The Great Paper Caper
by Oliver Jeffers
3.9 out of 5 stars (22 customer reviews)
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30 April 2009
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"Pulls readers into a world of mystery and dreamlike imagery… Jeffers' unique style takes the picture book to a high level of brilliance and fun." Irish Examiner Praise for ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy: ... Read more

6. Lost and Found
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
4.8 out of 5 stars (109 customer reviews)
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5 September 2005
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‘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 ‘One of the ... Read more

7. The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
by Oliver Jeffers
4.7 out of 5 stars (51 customer reviews)
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HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
4 September 2006
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Praise for ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ "mouth-wateringly irresistible" The Guardian "this is a book that children will devour." The Observer "The whole thing looks ... Read more

8. The Great Paper Caper
The Great Paper Caper
by Oliver Jeffers
3.9 out of 5 stars (22 customer reviews)
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1 September 2008
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"Pulls readers into a world of mystery and dreamlike imagery… Jeffers' unique style takes the picture book to a high level of brilliance and fun." Irish Examiner Praise for ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy: ... Read more

9. How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star
by Oliver Jeffers
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 customer reviews)
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5 July 2004
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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 ... Read more

10. Lost and Found
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
4.8 out of 5 stars (109 customer reviews)
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HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
5 November 2007
Hardcover

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‘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 ‘One of the ... Read more

11. Lost and Found: The Story of the Film
Lost and Found: The Story of the Film
by Oliver Jeffers
4.8 out of 5 stars (109 customer reviews)
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HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
2 April 2009
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Review
‘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 ... Read more