Title: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Length: 39 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5 – we loved it
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 46: Saving Fairyland – The queen of fairyland asks Oliver to help them against the magician.
Story 47: Cat King – Oliver becomes a king for a short while, and even gets married.
Story 48: Gnomes – Oliver’s oak tree receives surprise visitors.
Happy Sunday! This weekend I had a slumber party with my nephew and niece. My nephew has gotten really into reading lately and my niece not so much so we decided to read Oliver and Jumpy, stories 46-48 before going to sleep last night. Like every other Oliver and Jumpy book we have read together, this book contains three separate Oliver and Jumpy adventure stories Saving Fairyland, Cat King, and The Bee Gnomes. This is one of my most favorite things about these books because I feel like you get a really good three stories in one deal. It’s hard to beat that. My nephew and niece are also really familiar with Oliver and Jumpy now because we have read a few of the books in the series and they really enjoy them so they were happy to read another one this weekend, so happy that they didn’t fall asleep until we read through all three of the stories in this book.
In Saving Fairyland, Oliver and Jumpy are approached by the Fairy Queen who implores them for help saving her kingdom from a troublesome giant and a fearsome wizard who are wreaking havoc on their fairy lands.
In the cautionary tale, Cat King, Oliver and Jumpy explore Ghost Castle and happen upon a statue of Oliver. When his stone court comes alive and begins to shower him with attention and feasts, he goes along with it until they realize that he is not really their king and he learns a valuable lesson.
In The Bee Gnomes, Oliver encounters Bee Gnomes that have been helping to clean his home. Their tree homes were cut down by big machines rendering them homeless so Oliver agrees to share his tree with them and they all live in harmony thereafter.
We loved these little stories and they went by really fast. I loved the level of detail that was included in Saving Fairyland. I thought all of the stories were charming and I appreciate the lessons included in the second and third stories. I REALLY appreciated the storyline of The Bee Gnomes. My niece and nephew weren’t very familiar with the cutting down of trees so it was a good way for them to be introduced to it and its implications and prompted a few questions. Also, the illustrations are positively enchanting and colorful!
I definitely recommend this series of books if you are looking for cute stories for your kids to get into or to read to them at night before bed time, although like my nephew and niece they may not actually get to sleep right away. Five stars to another Oliver and Jumpy book! Looking forward to more Oliver and Jumpy adventures! You purchase a kindle copy on Amazon at this link: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48
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!