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With charming, vibrant illustrations from Andres Landazabal, Oliver’s Lollipop is Allison Wortche’s story about a family trip to the zoo and the risks associated with buying an oversized lollipop at the beginning of the visit, rather than for on the way home. The sweet sibling dynamic between Oliver and his ever-curious brother is highly relatable and the overarching lesson about not getting distracted by the wrong things in life is relevant to all. A new classic that’s great for storytime.

When his sugary dreams don't go according to plan, Oliver learns that the wide world around him might just be the sweetest thing of all.

Oliver finds the perfect lollipop on his birthday trip to the zoo, and it's all he can think about! Forget riding the carousel—he might drop his precious treat. No point roaring at the lions with his brother or engaging with any of the animals. After all, who needs the peacocks' beautiful feathers or the flamingoes' brilliant hues when there's a colorful swirly lollipop to admire?

But when one particular zoo animal threatens to ruin the fun, Oliver learns that there's plenty more to see than the candy he'd been coveting. And sharing the day—and his sweets—with his brother might just be the most special treat of all.

Praise for Oliver's Lollipop:

"Vivid, bright paintings illuminate the well-told narrative centering a child’s singular fixation, disappointment, and family warmth." —Kirkus Reviews

"A gentle, well-paced reminder to live in the moment." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593203002
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 287,965
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Allison Wortche (allisonwortche.com) is a fifteen-year veteran of the children's publishing industry. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, she edited books at Knopf BFYR before becoming a freelance editor. She is the author of the I Love Science board book series, as well as Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine. Allison lives in New York. You can follow her on Instagram @allisonwortche.

Andres Landazabal (andreslandazabal.squarespace.com) is an illustrator and art director whose love for drawing and painting was instilled at a young age by reading classic illustrated children's books. His work has appeared in books, film, and television. Andres lives in Colombia. You can follow him on Instagram @landafla.
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