Oliver Jeffers Exhibition

We spent the day at the Discover Children Centre in Stratford. The place is fantastic, it has a lot of inside and outside activities for the little one (under 6). We’ve never been there and the kids had a lot of fun. We went to the Story time session and all the room was beautifully decorated. After that in the main floor, there were lots of hand-on activities. The best part, there was an Oliver Jeffers Exhibition. It is on until September.

You have to buy ticekts, but its only £16 the family of 4, and I can’t recommend it more. They recreated all the scenes from “Lost and Found” and “How to catch a star” in kids size. The kids can dress up as “the boy” and have an adventure. It is lovely. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before.

I strongly recommend you to go at 11 am, when it opens, and take the tickets there on the desk if you haven’t book them before to avoid disappointment. And it seems that Sundays are quieter than Saturdays.  GO GO don’t miss it.

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The heart and the bottle

Yesterday my 5 year-old son came home from school with a lot of questions about a very difficult subject. A girl from his class lost his sister and they talked about death at school. He was very concerned (and so was I) as this is the first time that the subject comes along. We talked very seriously and I think he understood the importance of the subject.

After dinner we read this book, The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers. Perfect for cases like this one.

The story is about this little girl who lost his grandfather and she turned herself into grief. She put her heart into a bottle to protect it from anything else. What I love from this book it that, without a fuss, Jeffers conveys huge emotions trough his stories. He already talked about loss in his other books and how to gently overcome it with the help of friends. It is a nice, moving story and, as always, the illustrations are fantastic.

I was glad we had this book at home.

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The day the crayons quit

Of course it was Christmas and I have many many new books to recommend, these kids are so lucky, they had a lot of new books as presents.

The one we read yesterday was “The day the crayons quit” which is a very original story.
The crayons don’t want to work anymore so they each wrote a complain letter to their owner Duncan. It is brilliant, extremely funny story by Drew Daywalt.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the creator of Lost and Found.

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Stuck

Again Oliver Jeffers and his amazing imagination. I bought this book for Rafi and I read it last night before giving it to him for his birthday, I laughed out loud so much. This book is brilliant, such a simple but effective story. Floyd has to rescue his kite that is stuck on a tree, and then the fun begins with his adventure to rescue it.
You can check out all his books in his website

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Lost and Found

I bought new books for my son. One of them was “Lost and Found” of Oliver Jeffers. What a wonderful story, my son loves it, and now is the new favourite. Basically this boy, one day found a penguin at his door and he thinks he is lost…
Before this one , it was “How to catch a star” from the same author.
I love the illustrations and the simple but strong stories. My son laughs so much with the boy from the book. Really recommendable picture books for early ages.
You can find them in any book store or online in Amazon.

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This Moose belongs to me – Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is one of my favourite illustrators. He has such a lovely style, simple stories and gorgeous illustrations. I love these books and my son loves them as well.
Books like “Lost and Found”, “How to Catch a Star”, “The Way Back Home” are new classics of this era.
He has a new book out now called “This Moose Belong to Me”. Here is the trailer, which is lovely.