Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Oliver

Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781406345360
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Oliver lives in a world of his own. He shares this space with his chosen toys and books. Together they go on adventures, visit faraway places and discover the world. One day as Oliver plays alone something happens, and a new adventure begins for him. The greatest discovery for Oliver now is that there are others just like him.

This is a deeply moving book about being different.  The illustrations by the author are expressive and detailed for she knows her character intimately. Sif has used earthy colours and muted shades to represent Oliver’s state of being. The double page spreads show Oliver’s world in differing settings. The fine quality paper adds to the stylish presentation that makes this book stand out.  It comes highly recommended for reading this book is an adventure in itself.

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