Oliver Jeffers is one of those artists you can’t resist buying all his books. It is that combination of his talent to tell stories with the paint brush and just a few words as final strokes, that you can’t have enough of reading them. Though his illustrations are so expressive that even alone can narrate the stories, the unique sparkle of his tales is due to their fine coherence with a handful ingenious words.
His first illustrated book is called “How to Catch a Star” and was published in 2004. It was created as a project for his final year course work. He explained that it took him about a year, but obviously it was worth the effort, as he got a positive reply from the publishers Philomel Books right away as he had sent it.
And what it is about? It is a story of a boy who desires to have his own star. He tireless chases his dream figuring plans one after the other how to catch it. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? Not tall enough. Use his rocket ship? It had run out of petrol last Tuesday when he flew to the moon. And so on, but unfortunately all of them with no success. When finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be. He finds a starfish instead, floating in the waters, and became friends with it.
Though in general, Oliver Jeffers is ‘considered’ a children’s author/illustrator, I definitely recommend his works to the adults too. Exploring subjects like friendship, loneliness, independence, imagination and creativity, they bring back to mind some simple truths about life, we have left behind in the childhood.
If interested further on the book, check also these two sites: http://www.oliverjeffersanniversary.com/ and http://oliverjeffersworld.com/. The first gives more information on the 10th Anniversary of the book and the second is a funny game for children to find objects.