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Big Time Olie

by William Joyce

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"I'm a little bit bigger,
not a little bit smaller.
I'm a little bit taller —
I'm growing Rolie up!"

If Rolie Polie Olie grows a little every day, when will he be big enough?


"I'm a little bit bigger,
not a little bit smaller.
I'm a little bit taller —
I'm growing Rolie up!"

If Rolie Polie Olie grows a little every day, when will he be big enough?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Familiar characters star in all new adventures this season and a pair of companion volumes encourage wordplay. In William Joyce's Big Time Olie, the robot boy hero makes use of the "shrink-and-grow-a-lator" when his parents exclude him from activities because of his size. Olie gets unexpected results when he hits the wrong buttons on the machine. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Rolie Polie Olie is too small to go to Mount Big Ball and too big to jump on his bed eating ice cream. When he decides to use the "shrink-and-grow-a-lator," he becomes so small that his sister thinks he's a doll; next, he becomes so big that one jump puts him in outer space, and he winds up bruised, burned, and lonely. The family dog, with the help of mom and dad, helps Rolie get back to just the right size, and he decides that "I won't be in such a hurry to grow all Rolie up." The brightly colored characters, fashioned out of round balls, metal springs, and simple shapes, and the slightly futuristic, but somehow old-fashioned cartoon quality of the illustrations meet for a wonderfully playful effect. The spare, rhythmic text perfectly captures the conflicting desires of preschoolers to grow up and venture out, yet to be safe and close to home and family.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Angry that he's not growing up fast enough, little Olie has a "big and really bad idea." But the button he pushes on the household "shrink-and-grow-a-lator" turns out to be the wrong one, and suddenly he's the size of one of his kid sister Zowie's toys. So he tries again, and this time swells up so huge that he bonks his head on the moon and burns his bottom on the sun. Olie may sound a bit precious-"I'm a little bit bigger / not a little bit smaller. / I'm a little bit taller- / I'm growing Rolie up!"-but his fourth outing, set in a digitally created alien world of rubber spheres and gleaming plastic, all in saturated hues, features Joyce's (Sleepy Time Olie, 2001, etc.) trademark blend of the offbeat and the familiar. In the end, a chastened Olie returns to normal, with parental help, and settles down in a bed that's "just big enough . . . for now." Like Olie's previous appearances, in print and on TV, the episode is neatly cut and dried, but Olie's frustrated reaction to being told that he's too small for this, but too big to do that any more, will find an understanding corps of young readers. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Rolie Polie Olie
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.

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