Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal

25120276Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Length: 33 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

This is book 13 of the series “Oliver and Jumpy”. Currently there are 13 books available. This book includes Stories 37-39. Oliver is an elegant tomcat and Jumpy is his kangaroo lady friend. Oliver likes to travel in Jumpy’s pouch. They both experience many adventures together.

Story 37: Rescue in the Picture. Oliver travels in a unique way.
Story 38: Wet Cat. Oliver does not like to get wet.
Story 39: Down River. A rough river ride.

These stories are superbly illustrated and serve some educational purposes as well. Great for mums to read and explain to their little ones. The B&N version includes audio, while the Amazon book features popup text.

 

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Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I shared a picture book review for Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal that I read with my niece and that we both really enjoyed. I am happy to share another set of adventures in this series, stories 37-39. Full disclaimer, I received a copy of this picture book form the author in exchange for my honest review of it.

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 37-39 were just as fun to get into with my niece as the first set we read together. In Rescue in the Picture, Oliver and friends jump into a painting to the ultimate vacation that ends up going in a direction they never would have guessed. In Wet Cat Oliver and Jumpy continue their island adventures but not all goes according to plan. Finally in Down River, the trio go on a boat ride only to be rescued by a flying dinosaur! All in all, they come to find out that there really is no place quite like home!

Once again we thought these stories were each super cute and my niece loved the variety of animals to talk about and laugh over. She also loved all of the new words she was being introduced to when reading these stories. We both loved the illustrations, they are bright and lively. I love the colors used and the way the characters and scenery are all illustrated. I particularly love that even though the illustrators are different, the flow of them always stay pretty similar. I just how lively the characters are written and illustrated, it makes for a fun reading experience.

We had a few laughs and enjoyed the sense of danger when Oliver gets thrown overboard and when they fall down the waterfall. I’ve really enjoyed reading these with my niece, she loves the pictures but mostly loves to hear what silly adventures the trio goes on next. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone whose kids love stories of animals going on adventures.

As an added bonus I also read another book from the author detailing how he gets his books ready for publication. I thought it was a really interesting fast read and was full of information that would be extremely helpful to people who are looking to publish their own picture book, or even those wanting to publish a book in general. Even if it’s not a picture book you are wanting to publish I still think the information he supplies in the book has some really great, sound value that has been tested and proven through the author’s own experience. It is a super light read and just really made me appreciate the process alot more. It is called How to Make and Publish a Children’s Picture Book: How I Created and Promoted my Picture Book Series. Also, I really felt like reading this book gave me such an appreciation for the author’s hard work and I saw his books in a totally different light. I enjoyed them already but it just added another layer of appreciation for me. You can purchase these two books by clicking on their titles above!

I hope you enjoyed these two reviews and I will be back in a few days with more reviews and posts! Have a great Tuesday and 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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