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Once Upon an Alphabet : Short stories for all the letters - Oliver Jeffers

Once Upon an Alphabet

Short stories for all the letters

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2014
ISBN: 9780007514274
Number Of Pages: 112
For Ages: 0 - 5 years old

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A flagship publication, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style!

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what is there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out... Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative due of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter of the alphabet.

An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

`...combines classic storytelling with stunning artwork. Parents and kids will love to read this again and again' The Bookseller

`...a glorious romp of a book' The Guardian

Praise for `How to Catch a Star':

`The best recent picture book by light years... stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph

`Hail to new talent... If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller

Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit:

"Hilarious picture book brilliance..." Books for Keeps

"It's funny, clever and pushes kids' creativity." The Telegraph

"...stunning illustrations" Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

ISBN: 9780007514274
ISBN-10: 0007514271
Audience: Children
For Ages: 0 - 5 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.8 x 23.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.95

Oliver Jeffers


About the Author


Born in Western Australia, raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and now currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.

Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.

A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING. Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Records, Starbucks, Candy, the Vacuum and Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England. HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, including the award-winning Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

There has always been a strong undercurrent of narrative behind Jeffers's work, but his current interest in making art lies in the anomaly between logical and emotional thinking.

While striving to find a harmonious balance between form and content, Jeffers is curious about the opposing means by which the world he lives in can be assessed. To explore this he has been drawing parallels between the arts and sciences, as in his recent solo show, Additional Information (exhibited December 2006, in Hill St Belfast), in which figurative oil paintings were over laid with mathematical equations.

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