Saturday, February 16, 2008

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

How to Catch a Star
By Oliver Jeffers
Philomel, 2004

A little boy really wants to catch a star, but he realizes it’s too far away. He waits and waits and waits during the day to see the star. Finally it gets dark. He can’t reach the star, so he climbs up a tree and tries to reach it, and he tries to get into a paper rocket ship to reach it. He can’t. Finally, he sees the reflection of the star in the water. He tries to reach out and grab it, but it can’t be caught. Finally, on his way back home, disappointed, he finds a starfish that he can hold.

The story line is reminiscent of Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. The watercolor illustrations are simple and geometric, but they fit perfectly with the concept. This is the first of Oliver Jeffers books for kids.

Other reviews of books by Oliver Jeffers:

The Incredible Book Eating Boy (which I reviewed when I was reading for the Cybils)

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