Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 43-45 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Publication date: March 16, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
A cat series cartoon book with animal adventures.
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. Love you all! Meow!
Story 43: Flying Carpet
Story 44: Birthday Party
Story 45: Magic Berries
First off I would like to say that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review of it.
If you aren’t yet familiar with The Oliver and Jumpy series, each book follows Tuxedo Cat Oliver and his kangaroo best friend Jumpy in a series of adventures. I have read and reviewed a few installments in this picture book series and I always find that I enjoy them quite a bit.
One thing I always love about each book is that it includes not just one, but three short adventures in one which I think is a great value. In this particular installment we get Flying Carpet, Birthday Party and Magic Berries. Flying Carpet takes us on an adventure to Egypt where Oliver must ride a flying carpet to rescue a princess. In Birthday Party we get to experience a birthday party that is thrown for Oliver where he gets all kinds of fun entertainment and presents. In Magic Berries Oliver, Joey and Jumpy stumble upon some magic berries that have some pretty surprising affects when they are eaten.
Once again I (and my niece!) thought these stories were delightful and fun. They made us laugh and were great stories to read at story time. They can be super interactive and I think they encourage imagination and even though much of it is fiction there is some truth to learn in them like how not to eat random berries you come across on a walk through the woods. We definitely enjoy the consistency in the illustration and style of the books. My favorite out of these three was definitely Magic Berries although I thought the other stories were pretty fun too. The events that occur in Magic Berries made my niece laugh and worry. We also loved the inclusion of a fairy and a small quest. We just loved seeing all the fantastical creatures and animals in these three stories like the flying carpet, the fairy and the Oliver’s animal friends. I also always wish the stories were longer. They’re not too long to where they drag but, are memorable even if they do go by pretty quick.
I am giving this book a five star review for being a fun read for kids, Oliver is always charming and fun to follow.
About the Author
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!