Book Review – How To Catch A Star

How to Catch a Star By Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night the boy watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his very own.

This is a story about a boy and a star by the super popular and incredibly clever – Mr Oliver Jeffers. It is actually my first ever Oliver Jeffers book and I completely understand why he is so super duper popular and publishing books all around the world – This book is beautiful and wonderful and really quite funny too. I enjoyed pretty much everything about it.

The plot follows a young boy who is on the search to find a star. He goes to a number of sweet and quite comical lengths to capture one. The entire time I really hoped the boy would get his star and found the whole story had a nostalgic feel to it and truly captured that innocence of childhood and how something as wonderful as capturing a star could be completely possible.

The illustrations are also awesome and unique. Most of the pages are set up as above with one side with a plain white background and a few images, and the other page being a full page of colour with a watercolour style. There are also some lovely double page spreads that are super cute with rockets and all sorts of fun things.

I found this to be a brilliant book with a loveable character and a fabulous ending that will leave you and your little ones with a huge smile on your face. I will be requesting more Oliver Jeffers books from the library ASAP – and this is just one of his first picture books. There are also three other books featuring ‘the boy’ from this book with other titles such as “Lost and Found” and “The Way Back Home”.


Title: How to Catch a Star

Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: 2004

Ages: 3-7


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