As my first blog entry on 'The Lamp Post' I thought there would be nothing more appropriate then to start with one of my favourite children's authors and illustrators. It is none other than the brilliantly talented and uniquely styled *insert drum roll here* OLIVER JEFFERS.
I first discovered the works of Oliver Jeffers when exploring a small bookshop on holidays (an all too common past time of mine). I picked up 'Lost & Found' one of his earlier works and thought how gorgeous his illustrations were. I then continued to flip through the rather small picture book and instantly fell in love with his writing...and so the obsession began.
'One Upon An Alphabet', one of Jeffers most recent books, is like no other alphabet book out there. It does not stand in the same category as the cookie cutter cardboard paged books bought and read by parents world wide; A is for apple, B is for bat.
This children's literary gem is both witty and creative as it explores the alphabet and the stories that accompany each letter. The picture book is riddled with short stories like 'Dangerous Delilah' who literally laughs in the face of death and 'Sink or Swim' which introduces us to a cucumber who, after watching a documentary about sea cucumbers, decides he might try this new fancy lifestyle.
As an alphabet book for all ages, laughter ensues with every page turned whether it be for the young or young at heart.
Not only is this book delightful to read but beautiful to look at. Distinctively his, Jeffer's illustrations house a child-like perspective of the world and it is this particular aspect of his artistry which draws me in the most.
If you have been unfortunate enough not to of heard of Oliver Jeffers up until now check out the video below to learn more about him and his practice. You won't regret it...I promise.