How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007150342
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 60,318
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

 Oliver Jeffers ( 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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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
dylantanner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little boy wants to have a star of his own. He tries many methods to get one, until he finds a fallen star (sea star). It becomes his great friend.This is a fantasy children's bookAS you may be able to tell by now, I love Oliver Jeffers. Love Love Love. I feel like his little boys are part his childhood and part of mine. The fantasy of having your own magical friend is common, and the pragmatically fantastic ways he goes about getting it done is beautiful. Like any of Jeffers' books I would (and do) read these in the classroom. His sense of dry fantastical play is appealing across interests and his simple (elegant) drawings are appealing to kids because they are soo relate-able.
Calamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How to catch a star is a cute book about a boy how decides he wants a star. He tries everything he can do to get a star from the sky. One day he is walking on the beach and finds a star that washed up on the shore. He thinks to himself he finally got a star from the sky.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has sweet spare illustrations done in beautiful and vibrant colors. Jeffers' use of watercolor gives the simple pictures texture and shading that make the illustrations stand out from the crowd. There are gorgeous dark blues and deep violets, people with cute stick legs, and lollypop trees with a square or two layered over the top. (My first graders loved the stick legs and squares in the trees.)The Boy goes out looking for a star to be his friend, "they'd play hide-and-go-seek, take long walks together...". When Boy gets up at dawn to catch a star, he can't find any. He waits all day and "just before the sun was about to go away", a star pops out in the sky. He tried jumping up, climbing a tree, and a few other ideas, but the star was too far away. As he walks home he sees the star's reflection in the water. Not realizing what it was, he tried to pick it up, "but the star rippled through his fingers". But The Boy never stops trying and, in the end, finds something unexpected.The text is simple, and while I wouldn't describe it as lyrical or poetic, it is peppered with lines like, "But in his heart the wish just wouldn't give up". I've liked Jeffers' books since seeing them for the first time last year, but thought they were a book best experienced as a reader or sharing with a child. I gave the book a try in June as part of an illustration unit with my first graders and they loved it! I really thought they would find the story to slow or the pictures to plain. I was happily proved wrong.I love this book. It's not the best story I ever read, but coupled with the lovely pictures, it's a book that I enjoy returning to. I definitely recommend this book.
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