Ollie the Stomper

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Fans of the Gossie & Friends books will enjoy little Ollie and his big personality as he finds his way in the barnyard. Irresistible characters and delightful text make these board books perfect for springtime reading and sharing.

Three goslings named Gertie, Gossie, and Ollie have fun stomping around in their bright rubber boots.

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Overview

Fans of the Gossie & Friends books will enjoy little Ollie and his big personality as he finds his way in the barnyard. Irresistible characters and delightful text make these board books perfect for springtime reading and sharing.

Three goslings named Gertie, Gossie, and Ollie have fun stomping around in their bright rubber boots.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With their simple watercolors and narrative, along with diminutive heroes who assert a budding independence, these tales demonstrate once again how well their creator knows his audience.” Publishers Weekly, Starred

“Dunrea successfully adds to the ‘Gossie and Gertie’ cast with these endearing tales.” School Library Journal, Starred

“Dunrea’s keen awareness of young children’s concerns and quirks translates into charmingly simple illustrations and text.” Kirkus Reviews

"Pre-schoolers will relate to Ollie's point of view and delight in his humorous reactions to the new world he's discovering." Booklist, ALA

"Dunrea's text...is packed with toddler-sized drama, and Gossie and Gertie easily assume the roles of older sisters dealing with a pesky but beloved younger brother." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Publishers Weekly
In this pair of winsome, small-format follow-ups to Gossie and Gossie & Gertie, Dunrea introduces yet another endearing gosling-but the introduction takes some pleasantly paced time. Or rather, Ollie, whom Dunrea introduces in the first tale as an egg, takes his time hatching, much to the chagrin of the impatient Gossie and Gertie. "This is Ollie./ Ollie is waiting." As the egg rolls to the left and rolls to the right, Ollie's stubborn voice from within the shell repeatedly and humorously insists, "I won't come out!"-a refrain that youngsters will eagerly echo. After chasing the rolling egg and even perching atop it, Gossie and Gertie offer some sage advice to Ollie ("Don't come out"), which of course triggers the much-anticipated hatching; Ollie, wearing a piece of the cracked eggshell on his head, pops up and announces "I'm out!" Fans of the books that introduced Gossie and Gertie will recognize the newcomer's behavior in the second story: he follows in his pals' tracks as they tromp, stomp, romp and jump, wearing their brightly colored rubber boots. When he shouts, "I want boots!" Gossie gives him one of her red boots and Gertie hands over a blue boot. But Dunrea establishes Ollie as his own man when he adds a twist to the proceedings. With their simple watercolors and narrative, along with diminutive heroes who assert a budding independence, these tales demonstrate once again how well their creator knows his audience. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Andrea Sears Andrews
Ollie, the spirited and sometimes demanding young gosling, wants a pair of boots. He is exceedingly envious of the boots owned by his two best friends, Gertie and Gossie. Gertie has blue boots and Gossie has red. Ollie stomps after them as they tromp in straw, romp in rain, jump over puddles, and march to the pond. His persistent and very loud shouts for boots finally get the better of the two friends and they each relinquish a boot for Ollie to wear. Ollie enthusiastically jumps to the barn and stomps to the piggery in a red and blue boot. Abruptly, however, he stops and declares, "These boots are too hot!" As true friends, Gertie and Gossie do not mention or complain about Ollie's fickle opinion of boots. Instead, the three goslings decide to kick off their boots and cool off with a swim in the pond. This sweet book is designed for the very young. Its honest and simple approach to the very real emotion of envy will endear it to both the child and the parent. The illustrations are as delightful as the story; one cannot help laughing out loud at Ollie's exasperated expressions. The text is repetitive without being too predictable, keeping the reader more than interested throughout the story. Originally a picture book, this story transitions perfectly into a board book.
Children's Literature
Ollie, the spirited and sometimes demanding young gosling, wants a pair of boots. He is exceedingly envious of the boots owned by his two best friends, Gertie and Gossie. Gertie has blue boots and Gossie has red. Ollie stomps after them as they tromp in straw, romp in rain, jump over puddles, and march to the pond. His persistent and very loud shouts for boots finally get the better of the two friends and they each relinquish a boot for Ollie to wear. Ollie enthusiastically jumps to the barn and stomps to the piggery in a red and blue boot. Abruptly, however, he stops and declares, "These boots are too hot!" As true friends, Gertie and Gossie do not mention or complain about Ollie's fickle opinion of boots. Instead, the three goslings decide to kick off their boots and cool off with a swim in the pond. This sweet book is designed for the very young. Its honest and simple approach to the very real emotion of envy will endear both the child and the parent. The illustrations are as delightful as the story; one cannot help laughing out loud at Ollie's exasperated expressions. The text is repetitive without being too predictable, keeping the reader more than interested throughout the story. 2003, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 1 to 4.
—Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Dunrea successfully adds to the "Gossie and Gertie" cast with these endearing tales. Sized for small hands, the books prove a perfect match of simple sentences and spare but precious ink-and-watercolor illustrations. In the first book, Ollie refuses to hatch, repeating again and again, "I won't come out" as Gossie and Gertie run after the egg, sit on it, and wait. Finally, on the last page, he emerges. "`I'm out!' he says." In Ollie the Stomper, the gosling envies the boots worn by his pals, who each lend him one to include him in their play. Preschoolers and beginning readers will appreciate the repetition as well as the upbeat endings.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618339303
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Series: Gossie and Friends Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,428,522
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ollie the stomper, wonderful!!!

    i love the books with gossie,gertie, and ollie!!! i have four now, if any more come out i will buy them or if i am missing any i hope to find them! my grandchildren and daycare children love these books and ask to have them read to them a lot!! i can't say enough about them. i would strongly recommend them

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    The Best Series for Infants and Toddlers

    My son has always loved these books! He was interested in them when he was an infant and now as a toddler. He says words he may not have learned in other books...like snail, mole, bee and of course the characters names. It also helped with animal sounds and opposites. We hope to see new characters and books come out in this series!

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