Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal

51NUQyNI+TL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Format: Ebook
Publication date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

The cat and kangaroo picture book with bedtime stories for children

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!

Check out the Free INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES to see how beautiful the illustrations are!

Story 40: Elephant Heaven – Oliver saves the elephants.
Story 41: Waking the princess – Oliver gets the chance to kiss a princess.
Story 42: Space Ball – An alien visits Sillandia.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I thought I would finish off this week with a picture book review! I don’t read and review many picture books but I do enjoy it when I do. I normally try to read them with my little niece but this group of stories I actually read and enjoyed on my own. I’d like to thank the author, Werner Stejskal for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I have read two previous picture books in the Oliver and Jumpy series and enjoyed both of them and this collection was no different in that regard. If you are new to the Oliver and Jumpy series fear not! Each book in the series includes a short introduction on the characters and what the series is about. Basically it is a series of adventures of the elegant tomcat Oliver and his kangaroo friend Jumpy. There are a lot of things that I enjoy about this series – the fact that we get to see tons of different animals, the fact that the adventures are so varied and fun, and the imaginative situations Oliver finds himself in and how he gets himself out of them.

I really loved this particular set of adventures. It was hard to pick my favorite but I think my favorite in this group was Space Ball because not only are kids seeing a fantastical situation but they are also learning the value of uniqueness and how to be welcoming to those that seem to be or look different than you.

In the first story Elephant Heaven, Oliver and Jumpy help a group of Elephants find a new home across the mountains. In the second story Waking the Princess, Oliver ventures out on his own to fulfill the prophecy that will wake a sleeping beauty (a fun twist on classic fairy tale). Finally, in the third story Space Ball, an alien from another plant comes to Sillandia to take a much needed vacation and learn from the natives of Sillandia.

These stories were imaginative, fantastical and fun. The illustrations were beautiful, I especially loved them in Waking the Princess, which is where the cover from this group of stories comes from and is probably my most favorite cover from the series so far. Something that I always enjoy in these stories as a whole is, even though the stories may sometimes have a different illustrator, they always look so seamless. It’s easy to tell that alot of care and thought has been put into these books.

If you have children that love to read or even love to see colorful pictures in books, I definitely recommend getting into these series. It is an ongoing series so I think kids will love the fact that since there are so many adventures they can see their favorite characters over and over in different situations.  Kids will find them fun and bright and will have a ball with the animals that make appearances in the stories and the wittiness of Oliver. They are always charming!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at Oliver and Jumpy – Stories 40-42

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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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