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The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

the-boy-who-swam-with-piranhasBy: David Almond

Illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

Stanley Potts lived with his aunt and uncle after his parents had died. His aunt and uncle had been so good to him but then things went really crazy when his uncle started a fish canning business. The craziness didn’t stop, and soon it got all too much for Stanley and he runs away. Stanley joins the fair and works on the hook-a-duck stall. He finds a place and new home, and then he meets Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims with piranhas and Pancho offers him a job.

This is a wonderfully woven tale that simply sweeps you along. Stanley is a boy with a big heart and a gift for dealing with fish. He is willing to do what he has to to survive and in his own way stands up for what he thinks is wrong (even to one of the people he cares most about in the world). The fair is a colourful backdrop to a story of adventure and discovery. The elements of humour and it’s subplot of DAFT give a fairytale feel bad guy to the story. This is a wonderful tale that shows even as a child you are capable of achieving things others say can’t be done. There is something touching here; truth, whimsy and encouragement of a a child’s belief in self.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 05 September 2013

Format: Paperback 256 pages

Categories: Fiction

ISBN 13: 9781406337464

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

 

The New Jumper

By: Oliver Jeffers

Meet the Hueys. There are lots of them and the thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same. They look the same, they all do the same things. Until the day Rupert knitted himself a nice new jumper. The Hueys thought this ‘being different’ was terrible until Gillespie decided he wanted to be different too.

This is a funny little story about conformity and being yourself. The story is very simple, the illustrations very basic – predominantly black and white with just a few splotches of colour. This is suitable for the very young listeners, but to be honest not my favourite Jeffers picture book.

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Published: 01 May 2012

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Conformity, Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780007420650

The Way Back Home

By: Oliver Jeffers

While cleaning up one day a little boy finds a plane. he decides to take it out flying but when he runs out of fuel he finds himself stuck on the moon. But he isn’t alone. At first he is scared but when the boy and the Martian get together they come up with a plan they will make sure they both can get home.

A fun story that is ideal for readers interested in Martians and space. It is story of working together and having a wonderful adventure. Its simple text makes it ideal for younger readers. Once again the illustrations are just amazing.

 

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 06 May 2008

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Storybooks

ISBN 13: 9780007182329

Purchase: here

 

Lost And Found

By: Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy who one day found a penguin at his door. he tried to find out who it belonged to but no-one could help. The two then set out on a journey across the ocean to get the penguin back to the South Pole. The boy though he was doing a good thing but he felt lonely when the penguin was gone. Will the boy be able to solve his loneliness problem and find his friend?

Oliver Jeffers writes stories that bring a smile to your face. This one is a finely crafted and heartfelt tale of friendship, finding and losing it. The beautiful illustrations perfectly complement the story. This is a very popular story and it is easy to see why.

 

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Published: 02 May 2006

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780007150366

Purchase: here

How To Catch A Star

By: Oliver Jeffers

This is the story of a boy who really loved stars. He loved them so much he wanted to catch one of his own. he starts his search early in the morning but no star. All day he waits until finally he sees one. Then he has to figure out how to catch it. he tries many ways. Will he ever have a star of his own?

This is a beautifully told tale about wanting something and doing what you can to pursue that dream. Accompanied by the easily recognisable Jeffers illustrations – so beautifully simple and stylised. This is a wonderful story, great for bedtime or any other time.

 

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Published: 03 May 2005

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780007150342

Purchase: here


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