I discovered Oliver Jeffers. An Oliver Jeffers of my very own.
About 5 years ago I went on a book hunt in Waterstones and came across a most enticing book called, “How to Catch a Star”. The illustrations caught my eye initially, seemingly simple yet incredibly alluring and spellbinding. I wanted to build up my little girl’s book collection with stories and pictures to inspire and enthral – this fitted the bill. Our first Jeffers picture book – now ten years old – shone out from the shelf of multi-coloured spines, and once I had it in my hands – I read it, and drank in the pictures – I new I had found ‘the one’: the text fitted the illustrations like a glove.
I bought at least five copies as there were birthdays coming up so ‘the boy’ was introduced to my baby friends – who, if memory serves me well – had not met him before either.
My seven year old is all over Roald Dahl now, but she always comes to sit on my knee when I read ‘Lost and Found’, or ‘Up and Down,’ or ‘insert you favourite here‘ to my little boy. We have all of the books about ‘the boy’ and, of course, have gone beyond him with ‘Stuck’, ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ and more recently, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’.
If you are a fan, or simply intrigued by this Oliver Jeffers fellow and ‘the boy’, Discover Children’s Story Centre have set up a celebration worthy of such an important birthday – you can step into the world of ‘the boy’ and see and touch the objects and friends he gathers together during his adventures – the things he could not do with out: the rocket, his room, the alien, and his bestest friend, the penguin!
Every child needs ‘the boy’ on their bookshelf so thank you for giving him to us Mr. Jeffers.
Once There Was… The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers details here.