Thursday, 8 December 2011


A new Oliver Jeffers book? Sign us up! We love Oliver Jeffers' superb art and simple eye for a good story that's wrapped around a (usually) surreal central theme. 

A boy loses his kite in a tree one day, and rather than do what any normal person would do, the boy proceeds to find as many objects as he can to throw at the kite to dislodge it. 

If you remember the nursery rhyme "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" you'll see what Jeffers has done here, but it's so beautifully presented, utterly ridiculous and charmingly done that you'll forgive him a bit of creative thieving. 

An excellent addition to Jeffers' near-legendary output. Simple but beautifully effective. 

Charlotte's best bit - The inquisitive whale

Daddy's favourite bit - The house across the road

Rating - 4 out of 5 stars