________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 17 . . . . April 25, 2003

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Big Time Olie.

William Joyce.
New York, NY: Laura Geringer Books (distributed in Canada by HarperCollins Publishers Canada), 2002.
40 pp., cloth, $23.99.
ISBN 0-06-008810-9.

Subject Headings:
Growth-Fiction.
Size-Fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Irene Schlarb.


*** /4

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Too big to jump on his bed while eating ice cream, too little to go to Mount Big Ball with Mom and Dad has Olie shouting in his biggest voice: "I'M NOT THE RIGHT SIZE FOR ANYTHING!" Olie's solution is to use the "shrink-and-grow-a-lator, a solution that backfires when he accidentally shrinks himself as small as a dolly and then pushes too hard on the "bigger" button causing him to grow bigger than his house and end up stranded on top of Mount Big Ball. Happily, he is rescued by his family and then is lovingly tucked into "his bed that was just big enough". Young children will relate to the idea of not being the right size for anything and be reassured by Olie's rescue. The clear, bright computer-generated illustrations and clean lines will appeal to young children.

Recommended.

Irene Schlarb is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

 

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