Synopses & Reviews
THE alphabet book to top all others, from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit!
If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters.
The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don't they all!) and 112 pages. From an Astronaut who's afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a creative tour de force from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can't resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar.
In Once Upon an Alphabet, #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers has created a stunning collection of words and artwork that is a story book, alphabet book, and gorgeously designed art book all in one.
Praise for ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET:
An Amazon Best Book of 2014!
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
* "The silly, spare, slightly surreal text occasionally rhymes and endlessly surprises. An utterly delightful alphabet book."Kirkus Review, starred review
* "With wry humor, equally droll ink illustrations, and a solid dose of alliteration, Jeffers creates delightful mini-narratives for each letter of the alphabet."Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "An altogether stimulating, surprising, and satisfying reading experience."School Library Journal, starred review
* "Whimsical, funny, occasionally tragic, and highly entertaining, this collection of (sometimes) interlocking tales is brilliantly inventive."Horn Book, starred review
"Jeffers knows how to catch the attention of his young audience while challenging their imagination, intellect and vocabulary. This whimsical exploration of letters and language begs to be read over and over again."BookPage
"Handsome, humorous and clad in bright tomato-red, [this] is the sort of book you may want to rush into the arms of imaginative, good-natured children between 4 and 10 years old. [T]his is no traditional abecedarian exercise.The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable."The Wall Street Journal
"[W]itty from A to Z . . . no one would blame you for having a copy even if there are no kids in the house. Think of it as Edward Gorey for the preschool set and their hip parents."The Washington Post
Praise for ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET:
* "The silly, spare, slightly surreal text occasionally rhymes and endlessly surprises. An utterly delightful alphabet book."--Kirkus Review, starred review
"Jeffers knows how to catch the attention of his young audience while challenging their imagination, intellect and vocabulary. This whimsical exploration of letters and language begs to be read over and over again."--Book Page
The New York Times Best-Illustrated picture book, now available as a board book!
The thing about the Hueys is . . . they're all the same. Until Rupert decides to knit a new sweater, which makes him . . . different. Suddenly every Huey wants a new sweater. It looks like being different is catching on!
The first in a series of child-friendly concept books by the #1 bestselling artist of The Day the Crayons Quit, How to Catch a Star, Stuck, and This Moose Belongs to Me, THE NEW SWEATER proves that standing apart can be accomplished even when standing together.
Praise for The Hueys In: The New Sweater
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE YEAR!
* "The spare but adorable artwork makes this picture book work as a quirky diversion, but it doesnt diminish the understated, deftly delivered lesson for those moments when kids need a nudge to help be themselves, or be OK when everyone else wants to be just like them." Booklist, starred review
The wordless ending to this ingenious meditation on thinking independently is funny, joyous, and a complete surprise.” Horn Book
"The minimalist appearance of the Hueys will make them easy for kids to imitate artistically, and those who can't wait for the Hueys' next outing may want to create their own Huey-themed adventures." BCCB
Count on None the Number and the #1 New York Times bestselling artist of THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT to guide young readers from 0 - 10 and back again!
"Is none a number?" you might ask. I'm glad you did. The answer is Yes! For example, how many lumps of cheese do you see next to you? The answer, depending on where you are, is likely "none." Counting with the reader all the way up to ten, the Hueys explain numbers as only they can. The number 4 is the number of tantrums thrown by Kevin every day. 7 is the number of oranges the Hueys have balanced on things. And 9 is the number of seagulls who attacked Frank's French fries. Together they make quite a spectacle. But when you take away all of these fun illustrations in the book? You're left with none!
This funny and accessible counting book from #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers gives the Hueys one more reason to be every young child's best friends.
Praise for The Hueys In: None the Number
Delightfully droll and enlightening. The illustrations . . . are deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. Jefferss persuasive lesson will have readers counting up to 10 using 11 numbers.” School Library Journal
About the Author
Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include the #1 blockbuster The Day the Crayons Quit; How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, a recipient of the prestigious Nestle Childrens Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. The Hueys in: The New Sweater was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.