Oliver Jeffers.

How to Catch a Star

#win a copy of the 10th Anniversary book.

Oliver Jeffers and HarperCollins are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Oliver’s book How to Catch a Star.

Mr T has enjoyed listening to the story and colouring in the pictures he was sent. The stars are now proudly on his bedroom wall and he continually points to them, especially when they glow in the darkness.

Mr T colouring in


Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his very own…


How to Catch a Star


The story for this book began when I was sitting on the pier of a fish market eating
cheap shrimp and counting the starfish around the poles. I caught the reflection of
an early evening star in the water below, which immediately reminded me of an old
Brer Rabbit story, The Moon in the Mill Pond, and there on the spot, I made a single
drawing of someone physically trying to catch a star in my sketchbook.

As I thought about how many variations there were of attempting this task, my
collection of drawings began to grow, and before long I realised I had the bones of
a picture book. A year later, when I had finished making the book, I was very proud
of it, and so sent it to a number of publishers. The next afternoon, HarperCollins
called me to say that they would like to publish it. It was one of the more exciting
phone calls of my life…

Writing and illustrating children’s books wasn’t always what I wanted to do when
I grew up, but since it found me, I’ve discovered it’s a very natural fit. I love doing it
and doing what you love for a living is an incredibly rewarding experience. When How
to Catch a Star was fi rst published, I remember thinking that here it was: an actual
book that people, strangers, would be able to pick up in a book shop. That thought
caught me every time.
It’s humbling to think and hope that the book has been, and will be, seen and loved
by children all over the world. Children who may well read it again and again, possibly
draw over it and perhaps get marmalade stuck in the pages. Maybe, if I’m really lucky,
in another ten years, they’ll regret the marmalade part…

Oliver Jeffers

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of world-renowned illustrator Oliver Jeffers’ debut picture book, the much-loved How to Catch a Star. The publication of How to Catch a Star in 2004 heralded the arrival of a captivating new talent on the picture book scene. Now beloved by children all over the world, the book has achieved huge critical and commercial success. Oliver and HarperCollins are proud to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings.

How to Catch a Star was first published 10 years ago. It was adored immediately, launching the now celebrated author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, who has gone on to win the New York Times Best Illustrated Books Award, Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Irish Book of the Year and The Blue Peter Book of the Year.

Ten years on, How to Catch a Star’s beautiful illustrations and enchanting story have won the hearts of children all over the world. Perfect for children aged 2-7, it is a warm, poignant and humorous celebration of joyful ingenuity and the belief that anything is possible.

10th Anniversary of Oliver Jeffers’ How to Catch a Star
Hardback gift edition

For ages 2 to 7 years

Out on the 27 March, How to Catch a Star is available from Amazon for £12.99


Disclosure:- I was sent a 10th Anniversary How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers FOC for the purpose of this review and giveaway.

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