Synopses & Reviews
An imaginative child who doesnt quite fit in finds a kindred spirit in this utterly charming picture book from a debut author-illustrator.
Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Olivers day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys dont always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised.
"Bespectacled Oliver is a loner, and his loyal stuffed animals make good companions for most of his solitary activities. In muted shades of gray and lavender, newcomer Sif draws Oliver riding on a cardboard box at the head of a line of toys, each perched on its own sofa pillow: 'They searched for treasure and rode camels through the desert.' Oliver's preference for solitude is highlighted by his surroundings while Oliver does his own thing at the pool, library, or dining room, everyone around him is grouped in twos and threes, holding hands, making eye contact, and reading or playing together. Yet sometimes Oliver needs something that he can't get from his stuffed animals: 'One evening, he played the piano for his friends, but no one listened.' Oliver's discovery of a friend who's been there all along (and who can be seen in many of the spreads with her own stuffed toy) is predictable, but Sif has a firm grasp of the possibilities of the picture book form, and her debut's gentle humor promises good work to come. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Birgitta Sif studied art and design in the United States and worked as a childrens book designer at several publishers before moving to England to study illustration. She calls Oliver, her first book, "the beginning of the best journey Ive ever taken." Recently she returned to live in her native Reykjavík, Iceland.