Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. His picture books, How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found (which was made into an 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), Up and Down and Stuck have won many awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award, the Peter Pan Book of the Year, and the Irish Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. He is also a multi-time finalist for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

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Once Upon an Alphabet

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.


"The silly, spare, slightly surreal text occasionally rhymes and endlessly surprises. An utterly delightful alphabet book." —Kirkus Review, starred review