How to Catch a Star

A wise man (or probably woman) once said “TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book.” So true. Books have an impact like no other form of entertainment, for children and adults alike. But, a BEautiful book on the other hand, well that’s a whole other kettle of fish! Today I want to show you some of my (and Debs’) favourite beautiful kids’ books, by an exceptional author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. Many of you may already be familiar with Oliver Jeffers’ books, but I make no apologies for this post, as I don’t believe you can ever see too much of this kind of gorgeousness!

My first introduction to Oliver Jeffers was when I came across ‘How to Catch a Star’ in a book shop whilst shopping for Alice’s Christmas presents 4 years ago, and it remains my favourite to this day. The blurb – Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. One day he decided he would catch one of his own, but first, he’d need a plan.

It is a beautifully touching story of a boy and his innocence, and the pictures, as with all Oliver Jeffers books, are simply stunning.


Oliver Jeffers has a number of other charming stories in his collection, such as The Incredible Book-Eating Boy , Lost and Found (now also a short film) and The Heart and the Bottle. These are also, of course, bursting with their own, delightful illustrations.


I learned something new today (thank you Belle Bébés!) about these fabulous images – you can own copies of the prints themselves to adorn your babies’ walls! Head over to Oliver Jeffers’ website for more information, or maybe just to enjoy the pretty pictures for a while!


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One Response to “How to Catch a Star”

  1. rebecca simpson-hargreaves says:

    Oliver Jeffers is amazing! I use his books in my class when we look at books by a significant children’s author as well as reading his books to my own children.

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