Interview: children’s author Oliver Jeffers

By Guy Somerset In Books

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30th March, 2012
The “girl, much like any other” in Oliver Jeffers’s picture book The Heart and the Bottle has a head “filled with all the curiosities of the world”. The description might also fit the New Yorkbased Irish author, who is appearing at this year’s Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. But where the girl goes on to lose her sense of curiosity (“and didn’t take much notice of anything”), Jeffers’s picture books and work as an artist suggest his is very much intact. From Jeffers’s 2004 book debut, How to Catch a Star, which introduced the first of his stick-legged ...

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