His work for children’s books elevates everyday objects and places into things that become rather magical, and these bright, bold worlds are now being opened up for all to explore. The show has been designed, created and produced by Discover.
An east London exhibition, Once There Was – The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his book How To Catch a Star, and invites visitors to “row a boat, make friends with a penguin and an alien, visit the Lost and Found office, and watch as stars magically appear”, according to organisers.
The show acts as an interactive overview of Jeffers’ series of four “Boy” books.
Taking place at the Discover Children’s Story centre, the exhibition uses physical manifestations of Jeffers’ images to help children explore his work through theatre-set-like spaces. These include a bedroom – but a rather unusual one – stuffed as it is with the aforementioned penguins and aliens, and a rocket.
Discover’s joint chief executive, Sally Goldsworthy says: ‘This is a unique representation of Oliver’s work where children will be able to physically explore some of their favourite scenes of the superb ‘Boy’ books.
“Oliver’s books are inspiring, moving and heartening and brilliantly capture the themes of loneliness and friendship in their pages. Discover has recreated his wide open landscapes and made the themes leap from the page.”
Once There Was…The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers runs until September 2015 Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ