Oliverby Christopher Franceschelli
Paper-over-board novelty book with a non-removeable ribbon that shows Oliver the egg on one side and Oliver the chick on the other in penultimate spread. "Oliver was an egg. There was nothing he could do about it. He could roll to one side. He could roll to the other. He could even stand on his head. But he was simply an egg and that
Paper-over-board novelty book with a non-removeable ribbon that shows Oliver the egg on one side and Oliver the chick on the other in penultimate spread. "Oliver was an egg. There was nothing he could do about it. He could roll to one side. He could roll to the other. He could even stand on his head. But he was simply an egg and that was that. Until one day, everything changed because miracles happen."
"(oliver)" contains crisp, attractive text and drawings, using space, light, and dark elegantly. Small children will delight in pulling open the sturdy pages and experiencing Oliver's transformation over and over." --School Library Journal
Picture-book minimalism is taken to an almost unnatural extreme with this avant-garde presentation of a very familiar concept.
Against a pure-white background sits a single photographed image alongside large letters reading, "Oliver was an egg." Readers see him in his pre-hatched state from all sides, together with the text. Oliver remains an egg until the book opens to reveal a thick ribbon threaded between the pages. On the first of these spreads, the egg sits on the ribbon. Turn the page, and the ribbon pulls open to reveal a sweet yellow chick next to a simple legend: "everything changed." The book indulges in an urbane kind of humor, and there is admittedly something sublime in its matter-of-fact, "There was really nothing he could do about it," when discussing Oliver's situation. The photographs in this book are also so perfect in detail that it's impossible not to want to feel the chick's downy fluff. That said, it's difficult to see what besides the novelty of the ribbon will appeal to children about this story. The presentation feels wholly adult, and children will find little here to recommend more than a single read.
The back of the book proclaims that what happens in this story is "[b]ecause miracles happen." Children may not be so sure.(Picture book. 4-8)
- Lemniscaat USA
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- Edition description:
- Translated, Illustrated
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 2 Years
Meet the Author
Born and raised a New Yorker and still, Christopher Franceschelli is a long-time publisher, editor, and creator of children's books. His inspiration for this book was the vivid memory as a seven-year-old watching a magician pulling a red ribbon out of one end of an impossibly little box- and then as the magician pulled on the other end, the red disappeared and a green ribbon appeared instead. Christopher sought to recreate that sense of wonder in Oliver.
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