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POOR OLLIE! ALL he wants is to practice playing his big bass horn, but his family can’t take the noise. So off Ollie goes in a rowboat to practice offshore. That’s when he realizes that the bell buoy has drifted away–and the fog is getting thick. So he stays and plays his horn as a warning to an incoming ship–and saves it from running aground! Suddenly, the mayor is
giving Ollie a medal for bravery, and best of all, the town pays for him to go ...
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Little Boy with a Big Horn

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Overview

POOR OLLIE! ALL he wants is to practice playing his big bass horn, but his family can’t take the noise. So off Ollie goes in a rowboat to practice offshore. That’s when he realizes that the bell buoy has drifted away–and the fog is getting thick. So he stays and plays his horn as a warning to an incoming ship–and saves it from running aground! Suddenly, the mayor is
giving Ollie a medal for bravery, and best of all, the town pays for him to go to music school–where he can practice without bothering anyone!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 6.

This is a reissue of a 1950 story by John Ernest (Jack) Bechdolt, who died in 1954. Adults may recognize the story from the original. Dan Yaccarino has captured the style of the 1950s with his illustrations but with a full-color palette. Young Ollie plays a big bass horn and the loudness of the notes gets on everybody's nerves. Mom chases him outside, the neighbors are miffed and the dogs howl in accompaniment. The townsfolk drive him to the country where the results are not much better. Finally, he drifts in a small boat while playing "Asleep in the Deep." The booming low notes are heard by a ship in distress and all's well that ends well. Ollie, now a hero, is warmly welcomed home, given a medal for bravery, and sent to music school, where he can play as loud as he wants with other horn players and no one is disturbed. Oh, if getting into music school were only that easy! Whether young readers of today will find the story as engaging as those of 50 years ago remains to be seen. Comparing the artwork from the two editions would be interesting and could lead to a discussion of how publishing has changed. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff

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K-Gr 2- Ollie, a small child with oversize hair and big glasses, plays the tuba. The only song he knows is an old sea chantey called "Asleep in the Deep." His mother is driven to distraction by his constant practicing. When he takes his horn outside, everyone in the entire community is annoyed, so Ollie retreats to the country, into the middle of an open field. Soon cows gather around him. The farmer claims the playing will sour their milk so Ollie must move on. He walks to the shore where he and his horn get into a boat and row far out to sea. When he gets out among the rocks, he discovers that the bell buoy is not where it should be, and the fog is rolling in. So once again Ollie begins bellowing out his tune and saves a cruise ship from hitting the rocks. The young hero is given a medal and a scholarship to a music school "that is so far from our town that nobody will be disturbed anymore." This title was originally published in 1950, and Yaccarino's new illustrations retain the look of that era. The colors are uniform and flat throughout, and Ollie wears a navy suit with short pants and a bow tie. The illustrator plays with size and perspective; the boy's horn is sometimes larger than buildings. The book is mildly amusing but not an essential purchase.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307983534
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Series: A Golden Classic
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

DAN YACCARINO re-illustrates this Golden Book classic. Dan Yaccarino is an artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books and commercial illustrations, as well as his own animated television series. Some of Yaccarino’s children’s books include Dan Yaccarino’s Mother Goose, Who Will Sing a Lullaby?, Unlovable, and Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! His new animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, will soon air on the Discovery Channel. He lives in New York.
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