Apr 30

Review: The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Great Paper Caper by Oliver JeffersThe Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on 2008
Genres: fiction, picture book
Pages: 40
Source: ARC received from publisher

When life in the forest begins to change; when trees mysteriously lose their branches, when whole tree trunks start to disappear, when homes are lost, the only course of action for the forest dwellers is to begin a full scale investigation. Alibis must be proved, clues must be sought but even so, blame is never far from anyone's thoughts.Who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime? Will justice be done?

I found the quirky illustrations and story line of this picture book quite appealing, although I think younger children would need to read it with an adult to get the most out of it, despite the fact that there is very little text and the story is largely conveyed through the illustrations.

An unusual collection of animals (beaver, pig, duck, deer, owl) and a young child living in the forest notice something strange happening. The trees are losing their branches. They each blame each other and then decide to investigate further.

Eventually they discover the source of the problem, a bear who is turning the stolen branches into paper so that he can practice for the 112th biennial paper airplane competition.

The humour is in the details, such as the scrunched paper planes so often overlooked by the investigating animals and the interesting alibis that they come up with to prove that they aren’t guilty.

To increase the appeal for older children (ages 7+) the inside cover includes instructions on how to fold a paper airplane and the inside of the dust jacket gives instructions on how to make your own paper from the dust jacket and other scrap pieces of paper.

I think that The Great Paper Caper has a quirky charm that will be most likely to appeal to children with an eye for detail.

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