The Heart and the Bottle

Written by Oliver Jeffers

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Early Years

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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011

Award winning Oliver Jeffers’s latest book is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. To overcome her sadness when her grandfather dies a little girl decides to protect her heart from any further suffering by putting it in a bottle. For a time it works, but living without a heart turns out to be living only part of a life and soon the little girl needs to get it back. Luckily, there is someone who can help her. A book to return to time and time again.

The Heart and the Bottle Synopsis

Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming, uplifting tale, due to be featured in a major motion picture. Once there was a girl who was full of wonderment at how the world worked. She shared all her dreams and excitement with her father, who always had the answer to every question. That is until one day when his chair was empty, not to be filled again - how would the girl ever find meaning from her life again?

The Heart and the Bottle Press Reviews

Praise for The Incredible Book Eating Boy:

'This is a book that children will devour.' The Observer

'Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship. Illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression and body language.'
Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story!little children will love to share it.'
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'Jeffers has a unique writing and illustrative style. It's a wonderful picture book.'
Publishing News

'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.'
Irish Independentpraise for'How to Catch a Star'.

'The best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph

'A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.'
The Guardian

'This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams.'
Mail on Sunday

'Hail to new talent! If only all picture books could be this good.'
The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007182343
Publication date: 2nd September 2010
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years

About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.  Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) ...

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