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|Brave enough for two : a Hoot & Olive story|
Author: Voss, Jonathan D.
Olive is a little girl who likes the types of adventures that exist in books. Her best friend Hoot, a stuffed-animal owl, prefers the ones that take place in the real world. Today, Hoot gets to pick the adventures. At first, Olive isn't sure if she's brave enough for the activities Hoot has picked. But when her dearest friend gets hurt, Olive discovers that she's not only brave, she's brave enough for two.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 500639
Kirkus Reviews (-) (05/01/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Hoot, a stuffed owl, and Olive, a winsome and messy-haired girl, are best friends. Olive likes to experience adventures from the safety of her window seat, her nose in a book. Hoot prefers the real thing and promises to be brave enough for them both. "We can never be lost so long as I'm here and you're there, and here and there aren't very far apart," he tells the wary child. A simple balloon ride turns frightening during a rainstorm, ending safely as Hoot unties the helium balloons one at a time to ensure a soft landing. But a ride down the river scares them both, and Hoot feels defeated when he discovers a hole in his covering, and some stuffing leaking out. Now it is time for Olive to be brave enough for two, and end their adventure tucked into bed with a book. Voss's digitally colored pen-and-ink watercolor paintings are soft and lovely, with half-page smudgy thumbnail pencil drawings a sort of storyboard for the narrative. The language is similarly soft and lovely, and a bit Milnesque: "The pair rolled out, head over bottom, into a patch of grass." It's only natural that Voss's characters share a Pooh and Christopher Robin relationship; he is the illustrator of Sally Walker's 2015 title that tells the story of the real Winnie the Pooh. VERDICT The cover calls this a "Hoot & Olive Story,"suggesting there are more to come. Find room for this kind and gentle friendship story in most collections; perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.