‘The Boy: His Stories And How They Came To Be’ Is Out Now In The USA!

After publishing in the UK last year, this beautiful anthology containing How to Catch a StarLost and FoundThe Way Back Home, and Up and Down, along with a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the making of each- is now available in the USA published by Philomel Books!

Once there was a boy, and one day . . . 

Within the pages of this gorgeous picture book anthology is a special letter from Oliver and more than one hundred sketches, notes, and ideas, carefully chosen from his archives and revealed here for the first time. Watch as the boy and his friends spring to life on the sketchbook pages…see the real-life starfish that appears in How to Catch a Star, learn the true story of a boy and a penguin that inspired Lost and Found, and much, much more! 

This incredible volume gives a unique insight into the life story of these iconic books–loved by readers across the globe–and celebrates the incredible work of one of today’s most highly regarded picture book creators. The perfect gift for new parents!


Each story is prefaced by a sketchbook section on art paper, introduced by Oliver himself with details of the genesis of the story from the germs of the idea to the finished artwork.

A Beautiful Collection of Stories, Notes and Sketches

Praise for Oliver’s work:

‘The best recent picture book by light years’ Telegraph on How to Catch a Star.

‘My picture book of the year…a joyful exploration of the power of friendship’ Irish Independent on Lost and Found.

‘Visually witty, poignant and spare’ Sunday Times on Up and Down.

To purchase the US edition click here and to purchase the UK edition click here

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