Oliver by Birgitta Sif

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An imaginative child who doesn’t quite fit in finds a kindred spirit in this utterly charming picture book from a debut author-illustrator.

Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver’s day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys don’t always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised.

About Birgitta Sif

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Birgitta Sif studied art and design in the United States and worked as a children’s book designer at several publishers before moving to England to study illustration. She calls Oliver, her first book, "the beginning of the best journey I’ve ever taken." Recently she returned to live in her native Reykjavík, Iceland.
Published October 9, 2012 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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“It was the beginning of the best adventure he’d ever had.” It doesn’t matter that Oliver is different, because “Olivia [is] a bit different too.” Like artists such as Lane Smith or Tim Burton, Sif has a distinctive style, a particular way of expressing the world that feels like a natural express...

Aug 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

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In muted shades of gray and lavender, newcomer Sif draws Oliver riding on a cardboard box at the head of a line of toys, each perched on its own sofa pillow: “They searched for treasure and rode camels through the desert.” Oliver’s preference for solitude is highlighted by his surroundingsâ...

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

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It is a refreshing touch that despite being an only child Oliver is able to enjoy playing by himself – not every only child is lonely.

Oct 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

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