Who is Oliver Jeffers?
Oliver Jeffers was born in Western Australia in 1977, and brought up in Belfast. He is an artist who began by exhibiting his work at several small exhibitions in Belfast from 1995-1998, before beginning to illustrate book jackets for local publishing houses. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Visual Communications in 2001.
From 1999 to 2000, he travelled to Australia and the US, settling in Sydney and becoming a freelance illustrator and painter.
The first picture book he wrote and illustrated was How To Catch A Star (2004), which was shortlisted for the 2004 Booktrust Early Years Award (Best New Illustrator). Lost and Found (2005) won the 2005 Nestlé Children's Book Prize (Gold Award) in 2005, the 2006 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The Incredible Book Eating Boy (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year.
Further books are The Great Paper Caper (2008) and The Heart and the Bottle (2010). In 2008, Lost and Found was made into an animation which was screened on Channel 4, and later won a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Animation. In 2010, its sequel, Up and Down, was published.