Big Time Olie by William Joyce. PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018. $18. 9781481489690
BUYING ADVISORY: PRE-K, EL(K-3)-ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
When Olie was too big to jump on the bed but too small for the ride at the amusement park he shouted in his biggest voice, “I’m not the right size for anything!” He then used the “shrink-and-grow-a-lator” to make himself smaller. That didn’t work! He used it again to make himself HUGE! That didn’t work out either. When he was finally back to his normal size he was very happy to be “just plain Olie!’
Joyce does a creative job helping readers of all ages find contentment in being “just the right size.” No matter their height, weight, their hair color, etc., this great book would be the perfect opening to a classroom or family discussion about liking the stage of life we currently experience. The colors are so bright and bold that readers will be drawn into the pages. Olie is beloved by many and this picture book will become a favorite of children and adults alike.