Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 1-3

Quote of the day:

"No matter how different we may seem as a pair, our friendship makes us feel so alike."

Today's featured book:

Author:  Werner Stejskal
Illustrator:  Marvin Alonso
Ages:  2-6

Let's take a little peek inside shall we?

About the book:

Oliver is a very refined, gentleman tomcat and his best friend is Jumpy, a female kangaroo.  Together they explore the world, have great adventures, and make many new friends.  Oliver hops into Jumpy's pouch and off they go a-travelling......

This collection of three stories teaches children about good manners, morals and ethics.  In Story #1 the best friends meet up with Molly the Mole.  She lives in a dark hole underground and cannot see well. She offers the two delicious delicacies of worms and bugs which they politely decline because in and their hearts they know they have something even better than that....Molly as a new friend.

In Story #2 we find out that poor Oliver has an allergic reaction to birds and mice, which is strange for a cat for sure.  Instead he must sustain himself on crunchies, so fish can be on his menu.  The friendly duo decide to go fishing and on their travels they meet up with Ducky and a family of ducks.  Jumpy and Oliver turn into super heroes when the duck family is attacked by a vicious flying eagle and they save the day.  This is a story of caring for others and bravery when danger comes to harm you or your new friends.

Story #3 relates to us how Oliver solves a problem when he is bothered by a cigar smoking boar pig of all things.  Oliver lives in a tree house in a sturdy oak tree so he boldly pours water on the boar and that makes the intruder get out of there pronto.  Very clever indeed. He cleans the mess up and goes looking for his best friend Jumpy.  He is very surprised to discover that a brand new baby is hiding in Jumpy's pouch.  How fun will that be to have company join him when he is off and bouncing into a new adventure with his best friend in the world?

The stories are age appropriate and the illustrations are expressive, colourful and engaging.  The books in the series carry a very positive message of the importance of friendship and caring for those friends around you.  There will be a total of seventeen books upon completion.  Kids will enjoy these adventures and will look forward to reading the next release.

About the author:

Born in Vienna, Austria, I am now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with my wife, two married children and three grandchildren. I worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. My wife had been a pen-friend, whom I visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, finally retired, I began to write children's stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them myself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. I will publish 17 books with three stories each in English, before translating into several other languages. My dream is to see "Oliver and Jumpy" animated as a TV series.

Book review rating:   7 ( fun read)

Read on and read always!  

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