Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal

25941043.jpgTitle: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Length: 34pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text available. Love you all! Meow!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I am really excited because I got my laptop back yesterday so I have some reviews to post up within the next week that I have been holding onto since my computer broke!

Today I am happy to bring to you my review for Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Warner Stejskal. Full disclosure, I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it. I don’t often review children’s books but I do, in fact, love to read children’s books. Usually I will read it once myself and then if I enjoy it I will share it with my niece and nephew so they can enjoy it as well!

Oliver and Jumpy is a picture book series about a cat in a tuxedo and his best friend, a kangaroo named Jumpy and their chronicle of adventures. This particular volume in the series includes stories 31-33: Crookery Party, Shark Frenzy and Small World. In Crookery Party the kitchen comes alive and they have a fun time preparing a feast to share together; Shark Frenzy is about the group of friends going whale watching and encountering a fearsome shark; and Small World is all about the small, unseen world on the ground and the small creatures that live there.

I really enjoyed my first experience with Oliver and Jumpy. Since I enjoyed it so much I decided to sit down with my niece and read the stories with her. She was delighted with the illustrations and the cat was definitely her favorite. She also loved the stories, both of our favorites being Small World. To me, apart from being super fun stories to read with kids, there are also really great things to learn in them about friendship and adventure. I also really loved Crookery Party because the idea of my kitchen utensils coming alive to help cook a meal is awesome and looked like loads of fun.

Overall, I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Oliver and Jumpy and seeing them have fun in these little adventures. I did also enjoy that the writing is simple yet there is more of it included than in some children’s picture books I have read before so that was wonderful and surpassed my expectations in that regard. I do have another review of some more of Oliver and Jumpy’s adventures coming up in the next few days so stay tuned for that. If you have kids, grandkids, nephews or nieces definitely share Oliver and Jumpy with them. A great thing about it is that this is just one picture book in a whole series of them so they can definitely get familiar with a set of characters and follow them in all their silly adventures. It definitely makes for a good time as it was fun, silly and educational in some ways. I took the time to point out things to my niece like the friendship themes and funny things in pictures and she loved that. I am giving Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 a five star review since we both enjoyed them so much and will definitely be sharing more with my niece!

Happy Reading everyone!

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

 

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