Happy Birthday Oliver Jeffers - May 10
My six-year-old son has loved so many picture books including I Stink by Kate and Jim McMullan, DinoTrux by Chris Gall, and Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon. A few months ago I asked my son to come up with his Top Ten favorite picture books. I wasn't surprised that he couldn't stop at just ten and I wasn't surprised that The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers was the first book that he mentioned. When he first checked this book out from the library, I think we read it just about every night until it was time to return it. It is one of those books that is just simply awesome.
Imagine my son's excitement when he found out that we would be attending the National Book Festival and Oliver Jeffers was going to be there (this past September 2013)! To add to the excitement, we bought him his own copy of The Incredible Book Eating Boy for Oliver Jeffers to autograph.
|We were able to have Oliver Jeffers autograph it for him and he doodled Henry, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, too!|
|Thankfully, we remembered to ask him to share his birthday as he signed our poster!|
(Watch another, more current Oliver Jeffers author video here. I was unable to embed that video.)
A little over a month ago, my son's school had Right to Read Week. Every day of the week there was a theme and a suggestion for a special attire. One of the days, the students were asked to dress like their favorite character from a book. I wanted to figure out a way for my son to dress as Henry from The Incredible Book Eating Boy.
Henry eats books. It was something that just happened one day, and it started small; a word, then a sentence, pages, a whole book. Once Henry started to devour large amounts of books he realized that he was getting smarter. He was getting really smart until he ate too many books and got sick! His body couldn't cope with all the incoming words. Everything got mumbled jumbled. So he gave up eating books, but that doesn't mean he would entirely abandon books forever.
We knew the story, but we needed a way to bring Henry to life. We decided to use papier-mache, one of our favorite mediums, to create a book that looked like Henry has just taken a huge bite out of it.
|I started with a piece of cardboard and another cardboard box.|
|Then, I cut the cardboard to size and taped it around the box to create the cover of the book.|
|The hardest part was creating the bite. I drew a bite mark in the corner.|
|Then, I cut it out with an X-acto knife.|
|I then, filled in the opening with cardboard pieces.|
|My son papier-mached the box with strips of newspaper. We used a flour and water mixture (2 parts flour, 1 part water, and a pinch of salt).|
|We let the book dry overnight.|
|The next day, he painted the pages white.|
|He chose to paint his book red.|
|He wore orange and brown clothes like Henry in the book.|
|Now, this is an INCREDIBLE book eating boy!|
|My youngest two children and I were waiting for my older two children to come home from school when I pulled out The Great Paper Caper and read it to them for a second time. My youngest daughter loved all the animals in the book, especially the beaver. After reading the book, I made a huge paper airplane and asked my son to draw the bear so we could have him ride in it.|
|I made my daughter a paper airplane that she thought was pretty cool! I told the little ones that when their brother and sister got home from school we would have a paper airplane competition.|
|I placed this sign on the side door so that my older two children would see it when they came in the house.|
|My son finished his bear and taped him inside the paper airplane to look just like the illustration from the book.|
|Also, my son made this airplane and called it his "Wiener-Dog Express". I guess he thought it looked like a wiener dog.|
|My big kids saw the sign and decided to make their paper airplanes right away.|
|He wanted his airplane to be perfect.|
|I love my son's bear drawing!|
|Our game faces were on for the competition.|
|Who wants to go first?|
|The Wiener-Gog Express takes flight!|
|This paper airplane flew the farthest!|
|My daughter's paper airplane didn't fly the farthest, but it barrel-rolled the whole way which was really neat!|
|It was time to give the bear the ride of his life.|
|I went up to the deck and let him fly!|
|The bear kept going....|
|until he came to rest in the middle of the yard.|
Pre-order Oliver Jeffers' ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET to be released October 2014:
1. Oliver Jeffers' Website + Oliver Jeffers World Website
2. Follow Oliver Jeffers - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
3. Author Videos on YouTube/Vimeo - Number 1, Number 2, 2013
4. Learn How To Draw with Oliver Jeffers - YouTube
5. Oliver Jeffers Store
6. Oliver Jeffers' Diary
7. Recent features - The Guardian April 2014, Creative Mornings
8. Oliver Jeffers' 10th Anniversary site for HOW TO CATCH A STAR
9. Interviews - Seven Impossible Things Blog, Today's Parent, The Great Discontent
10. ORDINARY LOVE by U2 video, Oliver Jeffers, Mac Premo - YouTube
11. LOST AND FOUND film trailer - YouTube -- Click here to order the DVD on Amazon!