Lost and Found (book)

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Lost and Found
First edition cover
Author Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator Oliver Jeffers
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
5 September 2005
Pages 32
ISBN 978-0-00-715035-9
OCLC 62889296
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.J3643 Los 2005

Lost and Found is a children's picture book by Oliver Jeffers, published in 2005. It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and was the Blue Peter Book of the Year.[1][2]

An animated short film adaptation was made by Studio AKA in 2008. It was directed by Philip Hunt and broadcast on Channel 4.[3]


Lost and Found has been favorably received. Kirkus Reviews wrote "Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence’s Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale."[4] and Publishers Weekly called it "beguiling" and described it as a "...gently humorous and heartwarming tale of friendship found, lost and regained"[5] Inis magazine of Children's Books Ireland described it "a very special book which I am sure will become a favourite with 3 to 4-year-olds. It also offers wide scope for discussion in the playschool/infant classroom."[6] while Book Trust wrote " it is a visual delight, and its themes of loneliness and friendship will resonate with young readers."[7]

Common Sense Media found the movie adaption "appropriate for all ages and doesn't contain anything questionable."[8]


A stage version of Lost and Found, for children aged 3 and above has been created by Travelling Light and Polka Theatre. It was performed at the historic Jacksons Lane theatre in Highgate, London on April 2011.


  1. ^ Nestlé Children's Book Prize Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Blue Peter Book Awards 2006
  3. ^ "Lost and Found at IMDB". 
  4. ^ "Lost and found". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lost and Found". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Walsh, dympna. "Lost and Found". Inis Magazine. Children's Books Ireland (16). Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers". www.booktrust.org.uk. BookTrust. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lost and Found". www.commonsensemedia.org. Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved 27 September 2015.