How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star

by Oliver Jeffers
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How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars.

Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn't work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn't fly well at all. 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.

Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399242861
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/03/2004
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 152,699
Product dimensions: 10.56(w) x 11.81(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
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 4.8 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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