What We'll Build: Plans For Our Future Together

You know you’re in safe hands when Oliver Jeffers tells a story. It’s not just because he’s an international award winner. It’s because Jeffers only tells a story if he has something important to say. And most often, just one point to make. Clearly. Simply. With very spare prose, delivered in his delightful trademark handwriting. And with deceptively uncomplicated images. But in What We’ll Build, the message runs deep.

Subtitled Plans for Our Together Future, this lovely book is as much for the father in the story as it is for the little girl, as the dad sets out his plans to shape their lives. 

They lay out special building tools: hammers, nails, a plastic pig. They build a place to keep love warm for when they might need it later, castle walls to keep out scary things, round tables to make friends, places to dream and places to rest. Jeffers does not pretend that life doesn’t send challenges. Quite the opposite. We see stormy seas and angry faces. But nothing has to be so scary that it overwhelms you.

This is a gorgeous book to share with a small child, with easy rhymes to read and friendly characters to look for. It may prompt lots of chat with older children about forgiving friends, sharing adventures and how to turn bad experiences into positive ones. It empowers. It soothes.

It reassures. And it makes you smile. Probably another award winner. But don’t let that put you off. He just can’t help it.

About the Author/Illustrator
Headshot of Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is a highly acclaimed talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. His outstanding talent has already been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Irish Children's Book
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Publication Date
September 2021
Format
Hardback
Pages
48
ISBN
9780008382209