Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. 'Lost and Found' animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.
K-Gr 2-Once upon a time, in a book called Lost and Found (Philomel, 2006), a penguin appeared at a small boy's doorstep. Since that adventure, in which the two traveled to the South Pole in a rowboat, the boy has crash-landed his plane on the moon and rocketed into space to catch a star. In this installment, the fearless, practical, and sympathetic child-drawn as a circle (head), square (striped shirt), and two lines (legs)-is back with his penguin friend. They play Telephone, Parcheesi, and tuba-guitar duets-until the penguin decides that he must learn to fly. "He did own wings after all, although they didn't seem to work very well. But that didn't stop the penguin trying." Quirky watercolor illustrations enrich the plot with examples-e.g., increasingly large balloons tied around the bird's middle, or the penguin leaping from a desk chair mounted atop a dresser while the boy sets out a pillow for a landing pad. A chance sighting of a circus help-wanted poster takes the penguin off on his own and both friends must follow exciting, suspenseful, and wistful paths back to one another. Jeffers has an endearing, deceptively simple style that will warm the hearts of children and adults. An expert draughtsman and a gifted colorist, he creates artwork that is as masterful as it is eccentric. (Devoted readers will be delighted to find pictorial references to his earlier books.) His peculiar plots combine with a saccharine-free sensitivity to the nuances of friendship, making this book just plain special.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Full of heart" Irish Times
"Visually witty, poignant and spare, it is sure to stoke the author's huge popularity" Culture, Sunday Times
"Jeffers's minimalist style enhances this touching and funny story about friendship, and even though the illustrations are so spare, they convey beautifully the emotions of the characters and contain little details which children will love" School Librarian
"Touching" Daily Express
"A lovely story about friendship and caring" The Independent on Sunday