About The Author
Beloved artist Oliver Jeffers has designed, exclusively for Foyles, a limited number of gift cards - ideal for children and adults alike, and perfect presents for the holidays or just for anyone who loves to read.
Oliver Jeffers was born in Western Australia and 1977 and grew up in Belfast. Coming runner-up in the Irish News Amateur Art competition in 1995 led him to consider turning an enthusiasm into a career. As well as producing paintings, he was also commissioned to illustrate book jackets, and travelled extensively in America and Australia, gaining illustration commissions as he went. In 2000 he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration and Visual Communication at the University of Ulster. Since then he has designed poster illustrations, album covers and artworks for a London bar - as well, of course, as picture books for children.
In his picture books Jeffers explores such themes as friendship, independence and imagination, rendered in a childlike, almost poetic style with humour and empathy. The first books were painted in watercolour, but more recently Jeffers has also used acrylics and even Dulux house paints.
Jeffers' books have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards: his first, How to Catch a Star, was published in 2004 to instant acclaim and went on to be shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best New Illustrator and win a Merit Award at the CBI/Bisto Book of Year Awards. Other awards followed for subsequent books: in 2005 Lost and Found won the Gold Award at the Nestle Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award, while The Incredible Book-Eating Boy won the Irish Book Awards' Children's Book of the Year in 2007.
In 2007 Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day. In 2011 The Heart and the Bottle was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. His latest book is Stuck, which was recently shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. In 2008 Lost and Found was made into a short animated film.
Below is a list of titles by Oliver Jeffers currently in print in the UK. You may find other editions in our 'New and Used' section by typing the author's name into the Search field at the top of this page and selecting the 'Author Exact' filter to the far right of the Search field.