Book Review: Some of my recent reads, Part I; or, My Oliver Jeffers period

So, I’ve been into Children’s Books of late, and I’m enjoying myself a lot. They’re easy, funny, and I can power through them pretty quickly. Here are some quick, short reviews for the books I read.

It all started with Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers:

This is a warm, touching book about finding friendship when you’re not even looking for it. A boy finds a penguin at his door, and does his best to take the penguin back home, only to discover that the penguin isn’t lost–he’s lonely.

Every child should read this!

The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers

I really enjoyed this! It’s a mystery set in the woods, where someone has been stealing tree limbs. It must be sinister!

They hunt all over for the culprit, and there are some wonderful touches that cross over into Lost and Found a little bit.

Again, the artwork is masterfully minimalistic, yet with witty touches that I greatly appreciate.


[Really, it’s just the bear, preparing for the “112th biennial Paper Airplane Competition. Duh!]

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

This sequel to Lost and Found is another great story about an imaginative boy finding friendship even in the oddest places. He gets stuck on the moon, as one is wont to do when one finds an airplane in a closet, and finds a martian in a similar situation. They help each other out and part ways, friends.

I loved it!

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

This is a wonderfully tender book, not fully on par with Lost and Found, but with the same Boy, who just likes to make friends.

What I mainly love is the artwork. It’s minimalistic and distinct, with hints of abstract, particularly in the trees.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

This book is exquisite!

The artwork is a composite of old pages from books, which really works for the look and feel, which is very textural.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy begins to grow smarter as his *ahem* taste for books burgeons. Then he realizes that eating books may not be the best thing for his digestion.

I loved this!

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

I loved this! It’s a touching, warm story about a girl who is so vibrant and curious about the world, yet when she loses someone close to her, she takes her heart and puts it in an unbreakable glass bottle for safekeeping. She goes through life, unfeeling, until a kindred spirit helps her rediscover herself.

It’s beautiful and tender.


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