Very Busy Life of Olaf and Venus: Car

Very Busy Life of Olaf and Venus: Car

by Pierre Pratt
     
 
Jump in the car with Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. What will zoom past the window on the way to the beach? No matter how they're spending their time, Olaf and Venus lead a life of simple pleasures and jolly surprises. Toddlers will delight in Pierre Pratt's bold, color-saturated artwork and whimsical cast of characters, even as they learn simple words.

Overview

Jump in the car with Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. What will zoom past the window on the way to the beach? No matter how they're spending their time, Olaf and Venus lead a life of simple pleasures and jolly surprises. Toddlers will delight in Pierre Pratt's bold, color-saturated artwork and whimsical cast of characters, even as they learn simple words.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Simple text, frequently only one word to a page and uncomplicated illustrations are the hallmark of this board book series. Olaf the elephant and his friend Venus the mouse head out for a day at the beach. The sun is shining; they pass a porcupine along the road, see a plane in the sky and finally reach the sea where they go for a swim and then stretch out on their beach towels for a rest. The appearance of a porcupine by the side of the road is really strange and seems to have little relation to the story. After reading all four books in the series, it is interesting to note that they all end with a frolic in the water and Olaf and Venus taking a snooze. These books have a definite European flavor. 2000, Candlewick, $4.99. Ages 2 to 4. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Four board books featuring an elephant, Olaf, and a mouse, Venus. On the left side of each spread, an object is placed on a white background, with one word underneath it. On the facing page, the two animals are shown engaging in some activity that includes the object. Sometimes these items are related to the topic but often it is a stretch of the imagination to get the connection. Car features a porcupine, a plane, a bird, and, at the final destination, a beach. In Home, objects represented are a door, chair, bed, telephone, bathtub, bed, and cheese. In Park, a squirrel, dog, statue, pond, grass, and a boy in a stroller are featured. In Shopping, Olaf is trying on big brown shoes while Venus is putting on little red ones. Babies and toddlers will enjoy looking for the items in the colorful illustrations with objects that are easy to identify.-Olga R. Kuharets, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

A quartet of brightly hued, near-wordless board books charts the daily rounds of best pals Olaf the Elephant and Venus the Mouse. The storylines are cleverly conjured from just half a dozen droll scenarios, and young children will get a thrill out of spotting the familiar objects (dog, telephone, chair, cheese, and so on) highlighted on each sturdy page.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763613907
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Olaf and Venus Series
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 6.33(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Pierre Pratt’s unique style makes his work immediately recognizable. Always fascinated by illustrations, he began creating comic strips as a teenager and has since found a career in creating artwork for magazines and advertisements. His true love, however, is illustrating children's books, as it enables him to communicate in a more "personal and privileged way directly with children." Pierre Pratt has won numerous awards for his illustrations, including the Governor General’s Award in Canada, the UNICEF Award at the Bologna Book Fair, and the Mr. Christie Award. He currently makes his home in Montreal.

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