Merry Christmas Ollie by Olivier Dunrea – Book Review

Merry Christmas Ollie by Olivier DunreaWith December approaching, I noticed a Christmas-themed book in the children’s section of the library.

Merry Christmas Ollie by Olivier Dunrea seemed like an good choice to read to Arya.

She enjoyed the previous books about Gossie and his friends and the colorful picture of the Christmas tree on the front cover caught her eye.

Five goslings from the Gossie and Friends series appear in Merry Christmas Ollie: Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, Peedie, and Ollie. The goslings spend Christmas Eve waiting for Father Christmas and Christmas Day. Four of the goslings appear to be patient while Ollie is too impatient to wait for Christmas.

Merry Christmas Ollie is especially well suited for children who are familiar with the characters from other books in the series. Simple illustrations within the Christmas theme render each character consistent and recognizable.

Arya liked the colorful pictures and she enjoyed slapping at Ollie’s long red and yellow hat. Even older children will enjoy the drawings and following the story through the simple illustrations.

Text is limited to short sentences and cute dialog between the goslings. With five characters and just 30 pages there isn’t enough room for fully developed interaction. However, Ollie is portrayed as being bored and impatient waiting eagerly for Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas Ollie is intended for two-to-three year old children who are just learning how to read. With the other books in the Gossie and Friends series, active collectors will be able to follow along as details of the goslings are developed throughout individual books. Babies will like the colorful pictures and fast pace of the book.

Merry Christmas Ollie costs (including shipping) under $7 new and under $5 used from Amazon.