Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (Hardcover)

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By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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The first time I read this book, I cried. I still don't quite know if those tears were sparked by joy, hope, or a strange sadness, but they reappear with every reread. Oliver Jeffers is one of my favorite children's authors and this title is a perfect example of why. Written for his infant son, Here We Are combines basic facts about the world and its inhabitants with Jeffers' trademark humor and heart-wrenching sincerity. I want to give this book to every child in the world. Every adult should read it, too. -Liz

— From Winter Gazette 2017


#1 New York Times bestseller and a TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year

"Moments of human intimacy jostle with scenes that inspire cosmic awe, and the broad diversity of Jeffers's candy-colored humans...underscores the twin messages that 'You're never alone on Earth' and that we're all in this together."--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

Oliver Jeffers, arguably the most influential creator of picture books today, offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child--and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home.

Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers' user's guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet's terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it's big), or a guide to all of humanity (don't be fooled, we are all people), Oliver's signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.

Praise for Here We Are:

-"A sweet and tender distillation of what every Earthling needs to know and might well spend a lifetime striving to achieve. A must-purchase for new parent shelves"--School Library Journal

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck; This Moose Belongs to Me; and Once Upon an Alphabet. He is also, of course, the illustrator of the #1 smash hits The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. His fine art is world-renowned and his dip-art exhibitions are a much sought-after event. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son. Follow him @OliverJeffers.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399167898
ISBN-10: 0399167897
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English