What We’ll Build

Oliver Jeffers

What We'll Build
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What We’ll Build

Oliver Jeffers

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

A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together. Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm.

From renowned, internationally bestselling picture-book creator and visual artist, Oliver Jeffers, comes this rare and enduring story about a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities and all we need to build a future together.


A companion to Here We Are, that gorgeous, wise book that introduced our world and beyond to a young boy, What We’ll Build is a more collaborative exploration of building a life together between an adult and a girl. There is the physical building of a house etc., and then there is the development of intangible perceptions and emotions that are fundamental to our very being. The latter needs to be built with sagacity and sincerity, and the nurturing of intrinsic values is a matter of trust and love as the child grows.

Here We Are was written for Jeffers’ son, and this new book is for his daughter. It’s a gentle, thoughtful and loving tribute that we can all share in – aren’t we lucky?

Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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