Oliver by Judith Rossell

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"How do planes fly?"

"How does our fridge work?"

"Can I breathe underwater like a fish?"

Oliver is a curious explorer, so he asks a lot of questions.

Then, one day in the bathtub, he hears a strange gurgle. "What lives down the drain?" he wonders. Soon Oliver is headed down the drain in his homemade submarine on a spectacular mission. But will this clever inventor be able to discover a way back?

In this imaginative and funny adventure story, Judith Rossell introduces a lovable little hero whose curiosity leads him to extraordinary places.


About Judith Rossell

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Judith Rossell studied textile design in Scotland and worked for a cotton spinning company before becoming a full-time illustrator. Judith rendered the scenes in Oliver with a mix of collage, crayon, pencil, and watercolor. Oliver was inspired by Judith's brother's little boy. Judith lives in Australia.
Published May 8, 2012 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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“I’m going to poke it down the drain.” Mother: “No, you’re not.” So Oliver builds a submarine and takes it for a ride to see just what the drain is harboring.

Feb 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

Publishers Weekly

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“Could a penguin live in our fridge?” “What lives down the drain?” Even though Mom is never shown on page, the sometimes- frazzled nature of their loving relationship is apparent—she answers one of Oliver’s questions “with her mouth full of clothespins,” and when Oliver complains ...

Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

City Book Review

I liked this book so much because I like the pictures and I like the story because it’s really silly and he likes to build things and to make things and when his mom tells him something, he always tries experiments to try to figure them out.

May 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

Common Sense Media

Preschoolers will enjoy pointing out recurring elements: Broccoli for lunch reappears as trees, the challenge to get airborne leads to a spread involving jet packs, and Oliver's cardboard submarine has an early cameo as refrigerator art.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Oliver

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