Monday, November 21

Oliver Jeffers

I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised to hear that some of my favourite books are children's books; Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (and Fantastic Mr Fox, The Magic Finger and The Twits), Mick Inkpen's Nothing, Paddington Bear and of course Winnie the Pooh. It's partly because of the nostalgia, partly because I still love the simple humour and whimsy and sometimes it's because of the illustrations. I think the best illustrations perfectly capture the book without distracting from it, but also can be looked at and understood without reading the words. 

Oliver Jeffer's is one of my favourite, reasonably recent children's author and illustrator. I love Oliver Jeffers' books, they capture the childhood innocence of 'anything is possible' - catching stars, sailing to the South Pole, eating books... - and make it believable. Of course there's always a little bit of humour added in.

"Oliver Jeffers makes art. From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Jeffers work takes many forms. His distinctive oil paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London."

My most favourite of Oliver's books, is the generally quite popular 'Lost and Found', which was adapted into a tv film in 2008.
"A magical tale of friendship and loneliness, which tells the story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he is unsure what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home...Even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole!"

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A couple of sketches which were used for the film, I love the detail!

A few other illustrations by Oliver. 

From How to Catch a Star

From The Incredible Book Eating Boy

Official Website
Oliver on Facebook
Oliver on Twitter
Oliver Jeffers jewellery line for Digby & Iona

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely illustration! that poor penguin)



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