Oliver Jeffers: ‘I was always an artist’ – but not a child of books

The title of the children’s illustrator’s latest volume, A Child of Books, does not apply to the artist himself, who says his career was ‘very much an accident’

Oliver Jeffers’s latest book is called A Child of Books. The illustrator and writer’s collaboration with fellow artist and typographer Sam Winston follows a young girl who makes a world for herself – and a young boy she meets – out of stories.

So I ask him: was he a child of books? No, he tells me in his sunny, clean Brooklyn studio, with hints of both embarrassment and pride in his voice: “I was much more interested in going out in the street and playing and kind of getting into mischief.”

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The title of the children’s illustrator’s latest volume, A Child of Books, does not apply to the artist himself, who says his career was ‘very much an accident’

Oliver Jeffers’s latest book is called A Child of Books. The illustrator and writer’s collaboration with fellow artist and typographer Sam Winston follows a young girl who makes a world for herself – and a young boy she meets – out of stories.

So I ask him: was he a child of books? No, he tells me in his sunny, clean Brooklyn studio, with hints of both embarrassment and pride in his voice: “I was much more interested in going out in the street and playing and kind of getting into mischief.”

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