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Olive and the embarrassing gift
Freeman, Tor, author, illustrator.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
When the other animals laugh at Olive for wearing the hat she received as a gift from Joe, she is not sure what to do about it.
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Olive discovers the true price of friendship.

Olive's best friend, Joe, has bought her a special hat. The only problem is that it's hideously, cringe-inducingly embarrassing! Their whole gang of friends is giggling about it. She tries all kinds of excuses to avoid wearing the hat, then all kinds of ways to get rid of it, until Joe catches her stuffing it into the trash. He's totally heartbroken. How can Olive make it up to him? Shoving the hat back on her head, she's off to create something even more embarrassing -- a huge best-friends sign to wear proudly.

Author Notes

Tor Freeman grew up in London and graduated from Kingston University with a BA in illustration. She has been working as an illustrator ever since and was awarded a Sendak Fellowship in 2012. She lives in London.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This look at friendship, loyalty, and choice is wrapped around a ghastly purple hat that towers over the wearer's head and is festooned with hearts (one bobbles over the very top), has superlong ear flaps, and is emblazoned with the words Best Friends. Joe the turtle wants the world to know he is BFFs with Olive the cat, thus the hideous matching hats. Right away, there's trouble: Ziggy the monkey snickers; Lola the giraffe giggles; and Matt the dog laughs outright, saying how silly Olive looks. Olive grows more and more self-conscious and desperate. She tries to convince Joe that it's too warm for such a hat. Next, she hides. Finally, she stuffs the hat into a trash can. The mixed-media art, set against white backgrounds, highlights the comedy of Olive's embarrassment and gives human touches to each animal. Olive, at book's end, doubles down, adding a sandwich board proclaiming her friendship with Joe to her knit hat. Take that, haters!--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. Olive the cat continues to comically navigate the perils of friendship in her third book, following Olive and the Big Secret and Olive and the Bad Mood. This time, Olive's friend Joe the turtle presents her with a knit cap festooned with hearts that reads "best friends" (Joe has a matching hat, adding to Olive's mortification). "I'm not sure it's quite hat weather today," Olive ventures, after buddy Ziggy snorts at the sight of them. "Well, it's not really that sort of hat," Joe reassures her. "It's more of an everyday hat!" After Joe catches Olive trashing the gift, she casts her dignity aside to win back her friend. Freeman tackles a highly relatable quandary-who among us has not known the horror of unwanted knitwear?-while using sly humor and knowing dialogue to keep the story emotionally true yet free of pedagogy. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Olive's friend Joe has made them matching hats that say, "BEST FRIENDS" on them. Unfortunately, they are not particularly flattering. As the two animals wander through town, their friends snicker at the hats while Olive tells Joe why she should remove it (not the right weather, doesn't want to lose it). When Joe stops to smell some flowers, Olive encounters more than just snickers: Matt says she looks silly, and Molly wants to know WHAT is on her head. Poor Olive is overwhelmed by the teasing, and when she hears someone else coming, she panics and tries in quick succession to eat the hat, cram it in her overalls, and, finally, stuff it in a trash can. Sadly, it is Joe, who can clearly see how she feels about his gift. Determined to make up for being such a bad friend, Olive retrieves the hat from the trash and makes a sandwich board sign proclaiming, "OLIVE AND JOE ARE BEST FRIENDS" and, looking very silly, wears them both past all their friends. Joe quickly forgives her with a big hug. As they walk away, readers see the back of the sign, which reads, "And Matt IS Silly!" The whole gang from the previous "Olive" books makes appearances. Lots of white space, vibrant colors, and spot-on facial expressions enhance the story. Good for starting class discussion on teasing and friendship, this is a must-have where the earlier books are popular.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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