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Rolie Polie Olie

Rolie Polie Olie

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by William Joyce

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Rolie Polie Olie lives way up high in the Rolie Polie sky with his mom, his pop, his sister, Zowie, and his dog, Spot. Follow Olie as he spends his day having fun under the Rolie Polie sun.

Spend a day with the Emmy–award winning robots in Rolie Polie Olie's family, complete with the Rolie Polie Rumba Dance done in underpants!


Rolie Polie Olie lives way up high in the Rolie Polie sky with his mom, his pop, his sister, Zowie, and his dog, Spot. Follow Olie as he spends his day having fun under the Rolie Polie sun.

Spend a day with the Emmy–award winning robots in Rolie Polie Olie's family, complete with the Rolie Polie Rumba Dance done in underpants!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Joyce diverges from the hyperbolic, pleasurably bizarre imagery he created for The Leaf Men and Dinosaur Bob in this digitally enhanced but uneventful picture book. Rolie Polie Olie is a robotic child living in a "land of curves and curls," where most objects are rounded and smooth (although the rooms of Olie's teapot-shaped house have corners). Olie himself is comprised of a round yellow head with the circular black eyes of a smiley face. On his spherical torso, he wears red shorts whose dual buttons recall Mickey Mouse's signature pants, and he stands on pliable metallic limbs that resemble pay-phone cords. In this day-in-the-life story, "Rolie Polie Olie/ rolled out of bed./ Brushed his teeth./ Recharged his head." After a breakfast of "Rolie O's," Olie and his parents, sister and dog perform a morning ritual: "The Rolie Polie Rumba Dance/ was always done in underpants!" Olie then helps the family with chores, plays ball (of course), gets in a tiff with his sister, apologizes and goes to bed forgiven. Joyce makes use of round "O"s in his rhymes and liberally applies "Rolie" as an adjective ("Yes, okey dokey is the day/ when all you Rolie did was play"). Thanks to computer manipulation, his plasticine paintings offer crisp edges, flawless high-tech color and a seeming three-dimensionality. Olie's shiny surface doesn't make up for his lack of a personality, but the character practically steps out of the frames, advertising his potential as a toy or animated image. Ages 2-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Fans of the television series will welcome this tangible introduction to Rolie Polie Olie's world. PW said that the 3-D hero "practically steps out of the frames." Ages 2-5. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A refreshing approach in children's books, this amazing story and its equally amazing pictures are fun, quirky and a bit off the wall. Rolie Polie, a little round robot guy, lives with his family on a round planet. Everything is round, you see, and the story takes us through Rolie Polie's day. The rhyming text is fun to say out loud and hear due to its comic and repetitious verses. The computer-generated characters are sure to become classics. In fact, they have already been made into a cartoon series for the Disney channel. Rolie Polie acts just like a normal kid, but in not so normal surroundings. Very appealing and now available in board book form! 2003 (orig. 1999), HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 6.
— Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Rolie Polie Olie Series
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 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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Rolie Polie Olie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister is an elementary school teacher and introduced this book to my two year old daughter after telling me how much her second graders liked it. I rolled my eyes and thought, 'this book is going to be way over a two year old's head.' Was I ever wrong! She sat still with rapt attention and within three weeks of hearing this every night at bedtime, she is now able to recite the book word for word as she goes through each page. If you didn't know better, you would think she was actually able to read the words! She will even quote sections of the book while riding in the car. If you can find copies of this book anymore, I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old who both LOVE this book. We can not read it once, we have to read it at least 3 times. You can't make a better choice if your children are Olie fans. Ours is so tattered from reading it over and over, I definately got my money's worth and more from this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a two year old nephew who can not get enough of this book. He even does a little dance (after I showed him a rumba dance). He'll run around saying Olie until he finds the book and wants it read over and over. Not that anyone minds- even the adults love it as much as he does. He's such a great character that he puts me in a great mood. The show introduces one or two additional great characters. And you can not beat the art work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rolie Polie Olie is the best childrens book of al time! He and Zoie, his sister and their dog Spot have many wonderful adventures. The song that is sung in the begining is in there and, well, it's just the best book ever! E-mail me to know more about the book and other great childrens books!!!!!!!!!!!! Candy3821@aol.com P.S.- I am a 13 year old female who really likes childerns books. They are all very cute and funny. I also read chapter books so don't think that I'm an older kid who has the mind of a child!