OK…So it wasn’t exactly a love affair. I have never actually met the man, and I am happily married. But, I am in love with Oliver Jeffers just the same.
It started the other night…
While browsing through YouTube videos, I came across one of the most delightful children’s books I have ever seen. “How to Catch a Star” is a sweet tale about a boy who loves stars so much that he wants one of his very own. It is absolutely magical, and I fell in love immediately. I rarely buy picture books on impulse, but this was in my Amazon.com cart before you could say, “Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much…”
This is the video that got me hooked.
I continued watching videos of his books until I came across this one where he talks about writing tips. Really? Writing brilliant stories wasn’t enough? He has to be gorgeous and funny and have an Irish accent too?
Alas, the love affair will have to wait until Ed finds a sexy race car driver who needs her bathroom remodeled.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
(Find out more or buy through Amazon…)
This is officially my new favorite picture book, hands down, no question. There are a number of things I like about it, but I think my favorite part is that Edison WANTS to read it on his own. With some coaxing, he will read other books, but he wont even let me hold this one.
Aside from that, I like Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy buttons because:
- It has a great voice, rhythm, and meter
- It reenforces basic match concepts
- It has content that is repeated throughout (which is always good for beginning readers)
- And, it has a great message.