This year marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers, his debut picture book. As well as the 10th Anniversary edition of the book, HarperCollins are marking the anniversary with the release of an exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author along with previously unpublished drawings.
We were sent a copy of the book to review. Although we've enjoyed several other books by Oliver Jeffers, this one is new to us, and I very much enjoyed sharing it with the children.
The book tells the story of a little boy, who desperately wants a star of his very own. He comes up with all sorts of ways that he could capture a star, accompanied by some beautiful illustrations. It's a really sweet little story and we enjoyed it very much, it would be a lovely book to read together at bedtime. I really love the illustrations, they are so simple and yet beautiful and expressive.
How to Catch a Star is also a book that lends itself perfectly to related activities that you can enjoy with your children. Harper Collins have helped with this, and they sent me a pack of activity sheets including various activities. We made some puppets so that Harry could act out the story, and also a lovely mobile with pictures from the book. You can find some of these activities, and others related to his other books, on the Oliver Jeffers website.
I leave you with this fantastic video from author Oliver Jeffers, where you can learn a little bit about him and his creative process, it's a fascinating watch!
Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.
We received a copy of the book to review, along with a few other things to help us celebrate.