09 August, 2010

Anticipating: Up & Down by Oliver Jeffers

Up & Down by Oliver Jeffers
Publication date: 2 December 2010
ISBN 10/13: 0399255451 / 9780399255458
Philomel Books / Penguin Group (USA)

Category: Picture book
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Friendship, flying, dreams

From the publisher's page: In this much-anticipated sequel to the internationally best-selling picture book Lost and Found, we re-visit the boy and the penguin after their trip to the South Pole…

The boy and the penguin still enjoy spending all their time together… That is, until the penguin starts to dream of flying, ignoring the boys advice that it is impossible. Running away, the penguin visits place after place, searching for a chance to get his feet off the ground. But will flying be everything he had hoped? And is the boy missing him, as much as he is missing the boy? A heart-warming story about friendship, love and reaching for your dreams, from highly-regarded, multi-award-winning author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

I loved, loved, loved Jeffers's Lost & Found, the first book to star The Boy and the penguin together. I like the other books, too, but that one's my favorite. I know I'm going to love the sequel. The original book was made into an award-winning short film by StudioAKA. I hope I can get it on DVD someday. Here's the trailer:

There will be screenings in various places (2 of them in the US, but none near me) in August and September, and at an author signing I attended, he mentioned that the short film might be televised in the US around Christmastime.

That signing was a really fun one--I went with Alybee, and met author/illustrators Bob Boyle, James Burks, and Dan Santat, as well as picture book author Candace Ryan. I shot a video of Oliver at that signing (which you can find, unedited, here--but I didn't know my phone only shot in one direction at the time, so I oriented it wrong and am having trouble turning it right-side up without ruining the sound) reading The Heart & The Bottle.

Also, my photo with Oliver didn't save on my phone, but it turned out ok.

Here's a great video of Oliver, made by Penguin (omg, I just made the connection... a book about a boy and a penguin published by Penguin Books for Young Readers, LOL! I know, I'm dense.):

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