Author Stories Podcast Episode 983 | Oliver Jeffers Interview
Today’s author interview guest is Oliver Jeffers, author of What We’ll Build.
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“[Has] the offbeat, sweet style Jeffers’ fans know and love.” —Kirkus Reviews
From internationally bestselling and world-renowned picture book creator Oliver Jeffers comes the companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are!
What shall we build, you and I?
Let’s gather all our tools for a start.
For putting together . . .
and taking apart.
A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work, building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm.
A rare and enduring story about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities, and all we need to build a together future. From celebrated author-illustrator and visual artist Oliver Jeffers comes a gorgeously told father-daughter story and perfect picture book companion to Here We Are. The perfect baby shower gift or gift for new parents!
Praise for What We’ll Build:
“An intensely personal statement of intergenerational fellowship and an obvious pick for library shelves best explored at home.” —School Library Journal
“Children will love his playbook for building a future of love and imagination, and they will delight in the special relationship the father and daughter share.” —Booklist
“Stroked in generous swaths of warm color and Jeffers’s signature childlike scribbles . . . .. Jeffers’s benediction portrays a parent who surrounds his child with love and steadies her as she learns how to bring her dreams to fruition.” —Publishers Weekly
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance and sculpture. Curiosity and humor are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly international in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over forty-five languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna. Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, and a United Kingdom Literary Association Award. His eighteenth book as author and illustrator will be released in October 2020, and he has illustrated several others. Oliver grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.