Friday, 21 March 2014

How To Catch A Star Book Review and Giveaway

10th Anniversary of Oliver Jeffers’ How to Catch a Star
Hardback gift edition
Out on 27 March 2014
For ages 2 to 7 years

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...

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to mark the anniversary in style with this exquisite gift edition, including a letter from the author and previously unpublished drawings.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.

We were thrilled to be asked to Read How To Catch A Star, written by Oliver Jeffers. This book was Oliver debut book and a special edition of the 10 year anniversary is being released on March 27th 2014 and is available from Amazon for £12.99

We were lucky to recieve a copy of the book for ourselves and one for a giveaway (which you will find at the bottom of the post), but we also received some extras like a usb pen full of activitys for Tilly to enjoy and as a way of you all joining in with the 10th anniversary of the book, they have allowed me to use them on the blog.

We recieved activities to do and also some glow in the dark stars and little miss Tilly cant wait to have them added to her wall. She couldnt wait to do one of the activity sheets and she enjoyed doing the maze one as she is obsessed with mazes since watching Alice in Wonderland. She insisted on doing the same one over and over again!

Tilly has a great imagination anyway but a poor attention span but
we found this book was just long enough to catch her attention before she wanted to run off and do something else. She absolutely loved the pictures and the colours are vibrant. She sat down with her Sister and they read the book together. Later in the evening she asked if she could take the book to bed, so i said yes because it kind of gave her seal of approval that she loved the book. Later on i went to check on her and i found her fast asleep mid book, its nice to know she enjoys it. She does ask lots of questions about the stars and now she seems to have made it her mission to catch her own star and only last night she insisted on climbing the slide to reach the stars.

A message from the Author

The story for this book began when I was sitting on the pier of a fish market eating cheap shrimp and counting the star fish around the poles. I caught the re ection 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 nished 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 t. I love doing it and doing what you love for a living is an incredibly rewarding experience. When How to Catch a Star was 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

Please find the PDF where you can print off all your own activity sheets to complete whilst reading the story with your child.
HarperCollins have sent a second copy of the book to offer as a prize in a competition, so just enter the rafflecopter to be in with a chance of winning
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