What We’ll Build: Plans for our Together Future – Oliver Jeffers – Philomel Books – Published 6 October 2020




What shall we build, you and I?
We’ll build a watch to keep our time.
I’ll build your future
and you’ll build mine.

Inspired by the birth of his daughter, and in the same vein as Here We Are, What We’ll Build is a rhythmic and heartwarming father and daughter story from the beloved Oliver Jeffers. Told in rhyming text with Oliver’s signature art, What We’ll Build is the perfect story to cherish together.

My thoughts

Oliver Jeffers can do no wrong when it comes to beautiful picture books. His latest offering is a companion book to Here We Are. Here We Are was written for his son, while What We’ll Build has been written for his daughter. She is the main character alongside Jeffers himself in the story.

Purples and pinks dominate in this beautiful book that speaks of a father and daughter as they dream, plan and build for the future. The text rhymes and is written as a poem. It is also about relationships – that between the male figure and the young girl, but also about solving problems, forgiveness, and dealing with anger.

It would be the most perfect gift and book to share in a family, but it will also be a must for any school library.

You can watch the book trailer here


More information

Category: Children’s fiction

Themes: Father-daughter relationships, dreams, future, planning, forgiveness.

Reading age guide: Ages 4 and up

Published: October 2020 by Philomel Books

Format: Hardcover. 48 pages.

ISBN: 9780593206751

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