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Rolie Polie Olie
Joyce, William.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Laura Geringer Book, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) color illustrations ; 27 cm
Rolie Polie Olie, a round robot living on a planet where everything is round, enjoys a busy day with his family and then is too wired to go to bed at night.
Reading Level:
AD 230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 66290.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 20820.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Way up high in the ROLIE POLIE Sky Is a little round planet Of a really swell guy...Rolie Polie Olie lives on a fantastic planet of blue skies and friendly robots, where every day is a surprise and literally everything comes to life. Harking back to the happy cartoon shorts of the 1930s, it's a world where machines act like people and where Mom and Dad seem to know all the answers. The whole mechanical Rolie Polie family Ping-Pongs around their smiley teapot house, playing and having fun from morning to noon to night. In Rolie Polie Olie land, it's one for all and all for one, little sister Zowie worships her big brother, and ever-loyal Spot is a pal to the end of time. And when things go wrong and all seems lost, a rumba dance can make everything okey dokey once again.Olie is the hero of Disney's hit TV show Rolie Polie Olie, which Entertainment Weekly called “the best new children's show” on television this year. Hollywood Reporter said: “Little else on television can match the sheer enchantment of Rolie Polie Olie.” This is Olie's introduction into the world of children's books, where he can stand side by side with his creator's other award-winning and best-selling classics, Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, Bently & egg, Santa Calls, and The Leaf Men.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator, William Joyce was born December 11, 1957. He attended Southern Methodist University.

He has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books. His first published title was Tammy and the Gigantic Fish. His other titles include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men, A Day with Wilbur Robinson, Bently and Egg, and Rolie Polie Olie. In addition to writing and illustrating, he also works on movies based on his books.

Among other awards, he has received a Golden Kite Award Honor Book for Illustration and a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. In addition, he received two Annie awards for his Rolie Polie Olie series on the Disney Channel. He also won an Academy Award in 2012 for the category of Best Animated Short Film for for his work: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. He made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title The Numberlys.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. Set on a round planet in a land of curves and curls, this is a sweet, spirited story, told in verse, about a typical day in the life of Rolie Polie Olie, his mom and pop, his sister, Zowie, and his doggy, Spot. Together they eat breakfast (a bowl of Rolie O's apiece), do the Rolie Polie Rumba Dance (in their underpants), and have fun doing chores and playing. Rolie Polies are spherical creatures with heads and bodies like billiard balls. Their arms and legs resemble metal coils, and atop their heads, they have a metal antenna they use to recharge themselves. Unfortunately, Olie is so "wired" by bedtime that he gets into a lot of trouble. All ends well, however, with everyone "safe and snug and sleepy." Based on Joyce's animated TV series, which airs on the Disney channel (is that why Olie wears red shorts with Mickey Mouse buttons?), the book features candy-colored, computer-enhanced pictures with an intriguing three-dimensional quality. A slight but engagingly whimsical effort. Think Toy Story (the movie) for tots. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Joyce diverges from the hyperbolic, pleasurably bizarre imagery he created for The Leaf Men and Dinosaur Bob in this digitally enhanced but uneventful picture book. Rolie Polie Olie is a robotic child living in a "land of curves and curls," where most objects are rounded and smooth (although the rooms of Olie's teapot-shaped house have corners). Olie himself is comprised of a round yellow head with the circular black eyes of a smiley face. On his spherical torso, he wears red shorts whose dual buttons recall Mickey Mouse's signature pants, and he stands on pliable metallic limbs that resemble pay-phone cords. In this day-in-the-life story, "Rolie Polie Olie/ rolled out of bed./ Brushed his teeth./ Recharged his head." After a breakfast of "Rolie O's," Olie and his parents, sister and dog perform a morning ritual: "The Rolie Polie Rumba Dance/ was always done in underpants!" Olie then helps the family with chores, plays ball (of course), gets in a tiff with his sister, apologizes and goes to bed forgiven. Joyce makes use of round "O"s in his rhymes and liberally applies "Rolie" as an adjective ("Yes, okey dokey is the day/ when all you Rolie did was play"). Thanks to computer manipulation, his plasticine paintings offer crisp edges, flawless high-tech color and a seeming three-dimensionality. Olie's shiny surface doesn't make up for his lack of a personality, but the character practically steps out of the frames, advertising his potential as a toy or animated image. Ages 2-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-"He's Rolie Polie Olie-/He likes to laugh and play./And in his land/of curves and curls,/this is how he spends his day ." Joyce's rhyming text is rhythmically and grammatically awkward, and there is no real story as readers follow "a really swell guy" and his family through an ordinary day. Rolie Polie Olie and his folks are just that-constructed of spheres, with single antennae on their heads and dot-and-line faces-and their round, bright, and tidy world resembles that of Pee Wee's Playhouse or the Teletubbies, yet exhibits nothing unusual. The characters have a radio, a vacuum, a swing set, a tree house-all of which are vaguely curvy. The computer-generated artwork does look three-dimensional, yet has no emotional depth, and feels static. The family dog has the most expression-in his ears and tail. Curiously, the painted scene on the back flap (in lieu of an author's photo) depicts a more interesting Rolie family and their world. Though in the spirit of Joyce's popular A Day with Wilbur Robinson (HarperCollins, 1993), this meager offering falls flat.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.