What Ollie Saw

Levine Querido. Apr. 2021. 56p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781646140398.
PreS-Gr 1–Who determines what “perfect” is, and how can a child’s imagination shape that? For Ollie, a somewhat smug pink pig, the ability to see the world in his own unique way is thoroughly satisfying. While his sister can see only boring cows in a field, Ollie envisions water buffalo with sharp horns and hooves that could trample his grouchy sister. Unfortunately Ollie’s teacher thinks that his view of the world needs adjusting as well, and Ollie is forced to bend to conventional expectations, at least some of the time. Whimsical, expressive illustrations done in ink and watercolor and a superb, humorous story that celebrates individuality and nonconformity make this a first purchase.
VERDICT Ideal for shelves about outsiders and those who march to that different beat, this encourages all children to view the world with wonder.

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