Monday, 17 March 2014

Book review and giveaway - How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

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the anniversary with the release of an exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author along with previously unpublished drawings.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, and an extra copy which I am delighted to be able to give away to one of my readers, so please see the Rafflecopter below for entry details. 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.

how to catch a star review and giveaway

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.

how to catch a star review and giveaway

I have a copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of How to Catch a Star to give away to one of my readers, and entry is via the Rafflecopter form below. As a mandatory entry please answer the question below in a comment to this blog post. If you are commenting as Anonymous, please leave your name and/or Twitter handle so that I can moderate entries.

Which Oliver Jeffers book is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year?

a - The Day the Crayons Quit
b - The Incredible Book Eating Boy
c - How to Catch a Star

Additional entries are also available as per the Rafflecopter form. The closing date is midnight on Sunday 23rd March 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions - The prize is a hardback copy of How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. I will be posting the book out myself as soon as the winner has confirmed their address details. The prize will only be sent to a UK address. The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday 23rd March 2014. All entries to the giveaway must be received via the Rafflecopter form above. The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. Invalid entries will be removed. If the winner does not respond within 14 days I will redraw and reallocate the prize. One entry per person, no third party or automated entries. There is no cash alternative.

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. I also received a second copy of the book to give away which I will be posting out myself.


  1. c - How to Catch a Star

  2. c - How to Catch a Star


  3. c- How to Catch a Star.

    Rachel Craig

  4. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers,

  5. lynsey buchanan22 March 2014 at 21:06

    c - How to Catch a Star

  6. victoria carter23 March 2014 at 23:01

    C) How to catch a star


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