Oliver by Birgitta Sif


Written by Birgitta Sif
Illustrated by Birgitta Sif

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A wonderful celebration of being different. Oliver lives in his own dream world; he’d rather play with his make-believe friends than join his peers. But then he begins to feel a bit lonely… Can he find someone who, like him, is just a little bit different? The illustrations capture the changing moods of this charming and thought provoking story.


Oliver by Birgitta Sif

This is a stunning picture book debut that celebrates the power of the imagination and the strength of friendship. Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver's day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys don't always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised. Readers - both parents and children alike - will recognize themselves in the character of Oliver, a little boy trying to find his way through the world. Birgitta's remarkable talent for visual storytelling is sure to make this one of the most exciting picture books in 2012! This is a book that demands re-reading! Tiny, humorous details can be spotted on each page...look out for the mouse and the girl in the red dress! This book is jacketed.


an excellent debut ... understated text and quirky illustration packed with detail combine to make this book a delight Bookseller A sense of the outsider's melancholy hangs over this visually rich, heartstring tugging tale, but a happy ending can never be far away... Junior

About the Author

Birgitta Sif

Birgitta Sif studied art and design in the United States and worked as a children’s book designer at several publishers before moving to England to study illustration. She calls Oliver, her first book, “the beginning of the best journey I’ve ever taken.” Recently she returned to live in her native Reykjavík, Iceland.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th October 2012




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