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How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star

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by Oliver Jeffers

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An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. The beautifully illustrated, original debut picture book from shining talent Oliver Jeffers.


An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. The beautifully illustrated, original debut picture book from shining talent Oliver Jeffers.

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“…the best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding” Telegraph“A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.” Guardian“This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams… Adults tend to think of waiting as tedious, but the magic of this book is that it understands waiting as children wait – alert, apprehensive and using their imaginations.” Mail on Sunday“Hail to new talent… If only all picture books could be this good" The Bookseller
Children's Literature
A boy in love with stars longs to have one for his friend. Setting out to catch one, he finds that no matter what he tries, he cannot reach it. When he notices, floating in the water, "the prettiest star he had ever seen," he tries to grasp it, but it comes apart in his fingers. On his way home along the shore, however, he finds a star washed up on the beach that he can take home as his own and is happy at last. Is it only a starfish? The illustrations for this whimsical tale leave that an open question. Indeed, the simplicity of design encourages readers to exercise their imaginations. The boy has a circle for a head and rectangle for a body with lines for legs. The other main objects, aside from stars, are trees, which are circles on sticks. Yet Jeffers's inventiveness makes these bare bones tell the emotional drama with a combination of humor and pathos. 2004, Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this whimsical picture book, a young stargazer decides he wants to catch a star. He ventures out at sunrise since he believes the stars will be "tired from being up in the sky all night." He waits all day, only to see one at sunset. The many schemes he concocts prove ineffective, and the sad child heads home along the beach. When he sees a sea star washed up on the sand, he is happy at last to have a star of his own. While the boy's original plan is counterintuitive, the rest of his schemes hold true for what a young child might dream up. The stylized watercolor cartoons are droll and lighthearted, resonating well with the tone of the story. Pair this with Kevin Henkes's Kitten's First Full Moon (Greenwillow, 2004) to share some nighttime adventures at storytime.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins UK
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

 Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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How to Catch a Star 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LadyK_of_NH More than 1 year ago
Tells the story of a boy who wants a star, and tries many ways to get one. He succeeds in the end. Very cute story, my daycare kids really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My pre-school aged grandson loves this book. He loves to read it to me and to himself. He loves to take it to pre-school to share. Of course I love to see him enjoy the book so much. It is wonderful to find a book that has special appeal to boys and gets them into reading.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Once there was a boy and that boy loved stars very much. In fact, he could think of nothing grander than catching his own star to call his friend in How to Catch a Star (2004) by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers's whimsical first picture book blends easy to follow text with sharp, clean illustrations to create something remarkable. Everything about this story invites readers to stop for moment and plan their own scheme to catch that elusive star. It's not easy to build suspense into a 32 page picture book, but Jeffers manages it. Will the boy catch the star? Will he find a friend? It's hard to say in the beginning--but don't worry, everything works out in the end. The clear, short sections of text combined with large, often full-page, illustrations make How to Catch a Star ideal for reading aloud or for early readers. Possible Pairings: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
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