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Oliver Jeffers: Melancholoy and Joy in six books

Maggie Armstrong

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Oliver Jeffers: melancholy and joy in six books

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2004 'How to Catch a Star', Jeffers' debut picture book about a little boy on a quest for a star, though all he really wants is a new friend.

2006 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy', lavishly illustrated tale of a little boy who consumes, but doesn't read books, and feels sick as a result.

2010 'The Heart and the Bottle', about death and transformation. It comes in an iPad app too. But, Jeffers says: "People don't want a book in digital form, they want a game; I think that's an important delineation to realise. There won't be any more app versions of my books."

2012 'This Moose Belongs to Me', winner of the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, about capturing nature. Little Wilfred finds a moose in a prairie landscape and gets in a tussle about who owns it.

2012 The Huey's in 'The New Jumper', part of his series about a little band of egg people, looks into how fashion tribes form: you wear a jumper you think is original, then someone gets the same one.

2013 'The Day the Crayons Quit', illustrated for the hilarious Drew Daywalt, in which a boy's crayons leave him notes about their dissatisfaction. The lessons about labour, race and discrimination can't be escaped.

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