The Great Paper Caper
The animals' homes are disappearing. Tree by tree, the forest is being cut down. Clues! There must be clues. For instance, lookthere is a mysterious bear carrying an ax! But what would a bear want with so many trees? Perhaps the discarded paper airplanes littering the forest floor have a story to tell?
Oliver Jeffers' quirky, childlike humor and lovable illustrations are...more
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There is some humor, some sweetness, some interesting, intricate pictures, and quite a bit of whimsy.
But, overall it’s just odd, and didactic. There are little lessons about conservation, trees and paper and theft and redemption and giving. But those words are too mighty for this one, I think. It’s so, so odd. I was a bit disturbed by a pig cooking what looked to me to be bacon. I didn’t “get” most of the humor.
I guess i...more
There was a time when everyone in the forest was quite content, but then tree branches started disappearing. Everyone blamed everyone else and they figured out that none of them was to blame, they decided to investigate...
Soon entire trees are disappearing and the forest dwellers dole out roles, one is a detective, one a judge, one a prosecuter, etc. so that they can catch the tree thief! But not a clue is to be found...more
But what is WITH those skinny little animal le...more
Something strange is happening in the woods, branches are disappearing from trees and nobody knows why. As the forest creatures band together to search for clues, we (...more
Once upon a time in the forest things were not as they should be. Branches were disappearing , and everyone agreed, "branches should not disappear from trees like that." At first neighbors accused each other of making off with the branches, but they all had alibis. So they banded together to investigate. They assigned jobs, the dusted for prints, they looked in every nook and cranny. "But no matter how hard they investigated, no clues could be found." (Somehow th...more
I appreciate that he is trying to change it up and it is still very good, but I guess it lacked a little bit of the heart of his other books. There is considerable quirky characterization for some of the characters which was enjoyable and would likely fly over the heads of some children.
His visuals and creativity continue to...more
They hunt all over for the culprit, and there are some wonderful touches that cross over into another of Jeffer's books: Lost and Found.
Again, the artwork is masterfully minimalistic, yet with witty touches that I greatly appreciate.
(view spoiler)[Really, it's just the bear, preparing for the "112th biennial Paper Airplane Competition. Duh! (hide spoiler)]
This story has a little something for the parents too which made me laugh.
I think I'll buy a few copies for my brand new nieces. Their parents can enjoy them until the girls are old enough to take over.
There's a lot of small bits of detail in this one; I'm not sure it would be Jeffers best work for a readaloud.
All of the animals have stilts for legs. Love it.
I want to liken this to Wes Anderson, but I don't know why. The colors? The humor? The design? Maybe all of the above.
Cute and amusing.
Wonderful little simple pictures with an amusing tale attached.
"A thrilling tale of suspense, crime, alibis, paper planes, a forest and a bear who wanted to win it all".
From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Recor...more