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Sleepy time Olie
Joyce, William.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Laura Geringer Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When Pappy bumps his head before bedtime, Olie cheers him up by inventing a super silly ray, and then they both become happy, sleepy robots.
Reading Level:
AD 510 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 54594.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 1 Quiz: 32430 Guided reading level: L.

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

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Rolie Polie evening ?lie's almost sleeping. His Rolie days are without care, especially when Pappy's there. But where is Pappy? Where oh, oh where?

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 3-5. Olie the Rolie Polie, featured on the Disney Channel, returns in his third picture book. The space-age robot boy, with his Styrofoam ball head and his curlicue antennae, is missing his Pappy. Pappy, who has bonked his head, fallen down, and can't "unfrown," takes to his bed. So, Olie makes a ray gun that tickles every part of Pappy. Soon the whole family is whirling through the air and dancing on bubbles until they bubble into space. Then, in a pop, Olie is back in bed, dreaming happy, Pappy dreams. Everything about Olie's latest adventure is exuberant. The right-in-your-face, computer-enhanced artwork is bright, bold, and intensely colored, and Joyce hasn't lost his eye for detail: bedspreads are patterned, and an open book features two pages of robot writing. Kids unfamiliar with Olie may initially be confused when they find out Pappy is Olie's grandfather, not his father, but the text spins a pretty good yarn (even though the rhyme isn't always great), and the fun and the sheer happiness of the Rolie Polies being together spills off the pages to make this an upbeat read-aloud. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Sleepy Time Olie by William Joyce, the robot boy waits for Pappy to tuck him into bed. But when Pappy hits his head the man "comes in/ all unwound" and bound for bed himself. Quickly, Olie conjures up a cure that has the once-unhappy Pappy floating in a bubble of fun. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The robot family introduced in Rolie Polie Olie (2001) and Snowie Rolie (2000, both HarperCollins) is back. When it is time for bed, Olie is used to his special routine: "Happy Pappy, warm and wise,/reads lullabies and hushabies/beneath the sleepy Rolie skies." The little one is worried when the elder robot arrives late one evening, feeling old and discombobulated: "I bonked my head./I just fell down./I broke my smile./I can't unfrown.- My step has not a bit of spring,/my hip has no hooray.-My cheeks do not feel cheeky./My red-letter day has grayed." Olie tries to cheer him up by building "a super silly ray" made out of a funny bone, a hopscotch hop, a book of jokes, and a loud hiccup. One dose of the "Pappy pick-me-up" and the robot is dancing in bubbles and feeling young again. The computer-enhanced illustrations are awash in eye-popping color and the dark backgrounds enhance the three-dimensional effect. The simple, sweet tale about this extended robot family is enlivened by Joyce's signature offbeat images and catchy rhymes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.