Saturday 10 December 2016

Review: The Heart and the Bottle Oliver Jeffers

(HarperCollins, £10.99)

Published 17/04/2010 | 05:00

Oliver Jeffers is one of the most important picture book artists this country has produced. With almost a million books sold in 19 languages, and countless awards already under his belt, this new title sees him in top form.

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From the blue pencil sketches on the end papers, to the clever double-jacket cover, every aspect of this book is beautifully designed, making it a pleasure to hold and read. The illustrations are fantastic, spare, yet full of the emotion, energy, colour and quirky details we've come to expect from Jeffers.

When a little girl's father -- a man who understands wonder and delights in sharing it with his daughter -- dies, she is so perplexed by grief she takes out her heart and puts it in a bottle. She wears it around her neck to keep it safe, and there it stays until she grows up and meets someone who knows how to take it back out again.

A simple story, yet one full of wisdom and magic. A story which will equally bewitch adult and child, just like a classic children's book should.

Irish Independent

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