Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be.
Oliver Jeffers does so in capturing the child’s perspective and voice so well in this story. A little boy loves stars and wants to catch one, and attempts with such great childlike enthusiasm and creativity again and again. This book celebrates imagination, persistence, and having a goal in mind. The text is perfectly honed and paired with beautiful illustrations that bring to life the emotion and yearning of the sweet protagonist. Told with a quiet, calm beauty that is punctuated with just enough action this is a beautiful tale to share with children.