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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of world-renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers' debut picture book, the much-loved How to Catch a Star! The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. Now beloved by children all over the world, the book has achieved huge critical and commercial success. Oliver and HarperCollins are proud to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings - a book that no Oliver Jeffers fan will want to be without!

This book has been re-released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this, Oliver Jefffer's debut picture book, being published. As it is a celebration and this is a hard back, flyleaf cover, book, it is the sort of book that I would buy for a special occasion - the birth of a baby, their first birthday or their christening/naming ceremony, as I think it is something that could be kept on their special shelf to look at with peers or to pass on to their own children.

The book is made extra special by including a note from the author, Oliver Jeffers, explaining his thought process when planning this book - another special addition to this book. 

The story is told with few words on each page and most of the page being dominated by Oliver Jeffers' unique style of illustration - I believe that this book will be suitable for slightly older children, as the illustrations are not the usual bold, bright colour blocks with definite pictures of identifiable components, and the story although simple does have some, not run of the mill, objects in which I think would suit slightly older children. However, in reality I think it is one of those books that can be read again and again and something different noted in it each time.

I do think the illustrations are beautiful and would make great prints to go on any wall - they are so specific to Jeffers, I haven't seen any similar.

This is a book that would make the perfect present for any child.

Thank you to the publishers, Harper Collins Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

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