Sleepy Time Olie

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Rolie Polie evening 埏lie's almost sleeping.

His Rolie days

are without care,

especially when

Pappy's there.

But where is Pappy?

Where oh,

oh where?

When Pappy bumps his head before bedtime, ...

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Overview

Rolie Polie evening 埏lie's almost sleeping.

His Rolie days

are without care,

especially when

Pappy's there.

But where is Pappy?

Where oh,

oh where?

When Pappy bumps his head before bedtime, Olie cheers him up by inventing a super silly ray, and then they both become happy, sleepy robots.

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From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning series TV series Rolie Polie Olie comes another marvelous tale starring the round robots we all know and love.

Rolie Polie Olie's day is over, and he is as sleepy as he can be. He waits for Pappy to come by and read him a bedtime story, but as the minutes pass, Pappy is nowhere to be found. The whole family wonders what happened to him. Pappy finally appears in disarray. "I bonked my head./I just fell down./I broke my smile. I can't unfrown." Poor Pappy is feeling bruised and old, sad and tired. Determined to cheer him up, Olie goes right to work making a super-silly ray. He uses the goofiest of ingredients, from a silly hat and a book of jokes to a loud hiccup from their dog, Spot. He sprays the room with bubbles of happiness, and slowly Pappy begins to feel better. The whole family swirls through the air and dances in the bubbles. "I've never felt so 'swonderful, so 'smarvelous, so 'swirlish!" When they return to the ground, with sleepy eyes, Pappy reads them a perfect lullaby.

Joyce is a master at creating a blissful story in an imaginative world of enchanting characters. A silly ray that can blow the blues away? Who could ask for a better thing? Using high-tech color with perfect lines and humorous accents, Joyce produces a wondrous escape for young readers. This robot family is as warm and caring as the next. Olie's grand fondness for his Pappy shines through, as does his ingenious plan to fix his broken smile. Everything in the Rolie Polie world is a robot, including beds, doors, and teakettles. And every one of them is full of personality. This wonderful world incorporates the familial traditions of yesteryear with the look of a fantastical futuristic universe. A whimsical, heartwarming tale for any youngster. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
In Sleepy Time Olie by William Joyce, the robot boy waits for Pappy to tuck him into bed. But when Pappy hits his head the man "comes in/ all unwound" and bound for bed himself. Quickly, Olie conjures up a cure that has the once-unhappy Pappy floating in a bubble of fun. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Olie Rolie Polie robot awaits his father's return home at the end of the day. But Pappy arrives home late and out of sorts. He's "bonked" his head and "broke" his smile and heads straight to bed. That's when Olie Rolie Polie sets off to create a "super silly ray" to make his father all well. He adds a funny bone and "shot of uncle Gizmo" and a "book of jokes." He springs into his father's room with his bubble ray, and the whole family participates in the fun. Once his father is feeling like his old self, the family snuggles together for lullabies and carefree sleep. The bedtime story of a mechanical space-age robot family appeals to young readers who like the rhyming text and bright, busy, computer-rendered futuristic illustrations. Other "Rolie Polie" adventures include Rolie Polie Olie, and Snowie Rolie. 2001, Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins, Patterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The robot family introduced in Rolie Polie Olie (2001) and Snowie Rolie (2000, both HarperCollins) is back. When it is time for bed, Olie is used to his special routine: "Happy Pappy, warm and wise,/reads lullabies and hushabies/beneath the sleepy Rolie skies." The little one is worried when the elder robot arrives late one evening, feeling old and discombobulated: "I bonked my head./I just fell down./I broke my smile./I can't unfrown.- My step has not a bit of spring,/my hip has no hooray.-My cheeks do not feel cheeky./My red-letter day has grayed." Olie tries to cheer him up by building "a super silly ray" made out of a funny bone, a hopscotch hop, a book of jokes, and a loud hiccup. One dose of the "Pappy pick-me-up" and the robot is dancing in bubbles and feeling young again. The computer-enhanced illustrations are awash in eye-popping color and the dark backgrounds enhance the three-dimensional effect. The simple, sweet tale about this extended robot family is enlivened by Joyce's signature offbeat images and catchy rhymes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rolie Polie Olie is a robot on a roll with sequels, toddler stories in board format, toys, and his own Disney TV show. (Will he roll right on to the big screen next?) In this bedtime story about the Rolie Polie family, Joyce (Snowy Rolie, 2000, etc.) introduces Olie's grandpa, Pappy, who is feeling his age after arriving in a broken-down, depressed state due to a bump on his head. Olie mixes up some humorous ingredients to create a bubble ray gun "to help old Pappy ungrow up," a fanciful concept that will take some explaining to preschoolers, as will references to Elvis, a funny bone and a pelvis bone, and a whirling dervish. Joyce's weirdly wacky, round-headed robots are as appealing as ever, but some of his rhymes are more mechanical than magical. Almost every page has a different rhyme scheme, which causes the reader to struggle a little on the first reading, not knowing just which syllables should be accented to make the new meter fall into place. Rolie Polie Olie fans won't care about any of this, however, as Joyce's inventive ideas, rollicking rhymes, and readily recognizable, Rolie-Polie-round illustration style add up to a winning format with proven success. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060296148
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Rolie Polie Olie Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

William Joyce

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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