/ Key title From the rising star of children's picture books comes the magical tale of friendship and loneliness, a boy and a penguin. / With his unique illustrative style and imaginative story telling, Oliver Jeffers is the rising star of children's picture books / Oliver's sparkling debut 'How to Catch a Star' has sold over 20,000 copies in the UK (Source: Bookscan TCM Chart) / 'Lost and Found' is destined to become a contemporary classic that stirs the imaginations of young children and their parents for years to come / Marketing & PR campaign to target ABC1 parents looking for something special through national and parenting press
Oliver is a fresh new talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. He works as a freelance illustrator and this is his second picture book project.
PreS-Gr 2-"Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door." From this opening line to the very end, this gentle story of friendship will capture young readers' imaginations. The child assumes that the penguin is lost, which is logical since the lumpy black-and-white bird does look awfully forlorn. Determined to help the creature find its way home, he discovers that penguins come from the South Pole, and the two board a rowboat. During their long sea voyage, the youngster passes the time by telling his companion many stories. However, when they finally reach their destination, he realizes that the penguin was not lost, but just lonely and looking for a friend. The soft watercolor paintings feature simple shapes and a palette that ranges from pale to bold. The boy has a square body, stick legs, and a round head with tiny dot eyes and an expressive mouth. For much of the tale, the characters are placed on crisp white backdrops, while colorful ocean scenes depict their journey. The text's subtle humor and the appealing visuals make this title a wonderful read-aloud.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for 'How to Catch a Star' 'The best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph 'If the title sounds magical and optimistic to you, it's probably because that's exactly what this book is.' Junior (BOOK OF THE MONTH) 'A stunning debut!' Books for Keeps (NEW TALENT) 'Hail to new talent! If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller
This beguiling tale featuring the round-headed lad from Jeffers's debut book, How to Catch a Star, begins, "Once there was a boy who found a penguin at his door." Enticing, spare text and watercolor pictures follow the earnest, red-and-white-striped shirt clad child's quest to help the sad-looking penguin find its way home. He checks with the Lost and Found Office ("But no one was missing a penguin") and futilely asks some birds and the rubber duck that shares his bath for guidance before reading (in a book drolly entitled Where Penguins Come From) that his new friend hails from the South Pole. After making sure their rowboat is ship-shape, the two set out to sea, the child rowing south while telling stories to the rapt penguin, sitting in the bow, endearingly holding a striped umbrella over its head when the weather turns stormy. The prose reflects the hero's sudden sadness after he sees the bird home (there "was no point telling stories now because there was no one to listen except the wind and the waves"). Youngsters will cheer the pals' inevitable reunion and will likely request an immediate rereading of this gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained. Ages 4-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.