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Oliver Jeffers

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

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#1 New York Times bestseller
TIME Magazine Best Book of the Year
NPR Best Book of 2017
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Boston Globe
Best Book of 2017

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else…

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 humour combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.

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

"A true work of art." —BuzzFeed

"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

"From the skies to the animal kingdom to the people of the world and lots of other beautifully rendered examples of life on Earth, Here We Are carries a simple message: Be kind." —NPR

"...a beautifully illustrated guide to living on Earth and being a good person." —Brightly

"[Here We Are] is a tour through the land, the sea, the sky, our bodies; dioramas of our wild diversity.... [Jeffers] is the master of capturing the joy in our differences." —New York Times Book Review

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