Silly! – Miss J, 2
We love Oliver Jeffers, author-illustrator of This Moose Belongs to Me and The Hueys and illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit. He has a way of storytelling that imparts so much character, feeling and humour in so few words, pencil strokes and blots of colour. He’s brilliant.
In How to Catch a Star (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, RRP £6.99) is where it all began – the first illustrated children’s book Oliver Jeffers had published back in 2004.
It’s a simple tale of a young boy who loves stars and dreams of owning one of his own. One day, he decides to set out on a quest to catch a star, and so the adventure begins.
It’s funny, a little ridiculous (“He thought he could fly up in his spaceship and just grab the star. But his spaceship had run our of petrol last Tuesday”) and perfectly captures that dreamy desire to do the impossible that all kids, and some grownups, feel every day.
Best of all, despite the apparent impossibility of his desires, this little boy gets a simple, happy ending.
How to Catch a Star is a book you can read with your little ones night after night, and this year it’s celebrating its 10th anniversary, so why not pick up a copy and share in the magic?
Disclosure: we were sent the book to review.