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Olly and me
Hughes, Shirley, 1927-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Olly and his big sister have a good time together, whether dancing, walking in the park with their parents, or playing with friends.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 78093.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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With typically charming realism, Shirley Hughes illustrates a special sibling bond that small children will find reassuringly familiar. A visit to the library, making pancakes with Dad, slooshing with water in the yard -- in this collection of poems and anecdotes, a young girl named Katie tells of her family and friends and the everyday moments that make up her world. Most especially, there is Olly, her little brother, who does many things with Katie and, to her chagrin, even tries to join in when she's doing ballet. From the acclaimed author-illustrator of ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER comes another endearing ode to a brother-and-sister pair.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Shirley Hughes was born near Liverpool, U. K. on July 16, 1927. She studied drawing and costume design at Liverpool School of Art and the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford. At first she was an illustrator of other author's works, but in 1960 she published Lucy and Tom's Day, which was the first book she wrote and illustrated. Since then she has written and illustrated over 50 books. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Dogger in 1977, the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished services to children's literature in 1984, and the OBE for services to children's literature in 1998. She currently lives in London with her husband.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Though the jacket looks like that of an inviting picture book, this volume is actually a collection of first-person poems and short prose pieces, written from a little girl's point of view. Her everyday life provides plenty of material for short narratives and reflections involving herself, her little brother, Olly, and Mom, Dad, friends, and extended family. Subjects include a winter walk in the park, a seemingly interminable car ride, a Saturday visit to the library, and a celebration of her mother's birthday. Spotlighting everyday moments in a child's world, the artwork makes this unusual format inviting. No one captures the body language, expressions, and slightly tousled look of young children quite like Shirley Hughes. From full-page pictures to small, spot illustrations, the artwork here celebrates the daily lives of preschoolers and their families. Though this series of connected writings may disappoint those looking for a single narrative, children will find plenty here to enjoy. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hughes (Annie Rose Is My Little Sister) once again proves she's in tune with the preschool set with another welcoming book about a pair of young siblings and their shared experiences. This time, it is a big sister, Katie, who matter-of-factly narrates a collection of poems and anecdotes. Brother Olly is an omnipresent part of both the ordinary routines and special moments, whether it's pancake-making or car rides or a museum trip with Dad. In "Old Bones," Katie ponders a huge dinosaur skeleton: "When Olly and I are standing/ under its tail, looking at its/ great teeth, I wonder what/ it would be like to meet/ an alive one./ But Dad says there/ were no people/ living in the world then./ Luckily." A few of the pieces, like "People in the Pond," seem awkward with more adult phrasing ("Down below, the fish glide,/ gray and silver,/ .../ then suddenly diving,/ with a brisk whisk of their tails,/ while the little fish slip in and out like ripples." A decidedly British flavor won't hamper readers' understanding or sympathies: "Olly doesn't know how to dance properly yet. I didn't much like it when he joined in," Katie declares in "Olly Joins In," set during her ballet class. Hughes's realistically detailed illustrations, alive with color and line in her trademark style, splash across pages, bordering and breaking up text. An effective glimpse into a child's family life. Ages 3-7. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Through this warm and cozy collection of illustrated poems, a youngster's world is brought into focus. Readers meet the exuberant Katie and follow her interactions with her family and her friends throughout the year. Besides her parents and baby brother, Olly, there is her dog, Buster; Betty the sheep; her neighbor's cat; and Grandma's cat, Queenie. "But no cat-no cat-is as nice as our cat, Ginger." Fully realized vignettes capture Katie's ballet class, Dad making pancakes, Saturday shopping, watching fireworks, and visiting a Natural History Museum. Expressive gouache and oil pastels, full of realistic and child-centered detail, portray this loving, busy family as they go about their daily lives. This book is great for nightly sharing or for independent readers to enjoy as a chapter book. Either way, it's a treat.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.