Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred…Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other.
The perfect chemistry between Eoin Colfer’s text and Oliver Jeffer’s artwork make for a dazzlingly original colour gift book.
Oliver Jeffers makes art.
From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Jeffers work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum, Lazarides Gallery and Gestalten Space, Berlin.
Olivers picture books have been translated into over 30 languages, including Lost & Found, Stuck, The Hueys, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper and most recently the New York Times bestsellers Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit.
Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Picture Book awards include the The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, The Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Oliver won a NY Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with the artist and director Mac Premo.
In 2013 Oliver co-directed with Mac Premo the video for 'Ordinary Love' by U2.
Oliver was born in Australia, brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford, a seaside town in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age, forcing his unfortunate classmates to dress up as marauding Vikings when they would have preferred to be outdoors doing some real marauding.
Browbeaten by constant encouragement from his family, Eoin continued to write as an adult. His first novel, Benny and Omar, was an instant bestseller in Ireland, and Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and was winner of both the WH Smith 'People's Choice' Children's Book of the Year and of the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year.