Posted on January 30 2008
They’re delightful, they’re entertaining, and they contain an important message for kids: respect our resources. Kirk Werner’s two new books arrived in the mail last week and we were simply amazed by the talent they display. No only are the books — Olive, The Little Woolly Bugger, and Olive and the Big Stream (both around 40 pages and published by Swimming Kangaroo Books) — beautifully illustrated and written, they show great imagination and real knack for storytelling.
MidCurrent‘s own crack team of children’s book critics began reviewing the books last Thursday night. Their balanced opinion (one is a 7-year-old boy, the other a 5-year-old girl) is that the books are “the best.” Of course we didn’t let the reviewers get away with such a simple critique, and when pressed both mentioned the “great story” and repeated several examples of engaging plot twists. But perhaps the most telling praise of all was an eagerness to return to the task on subsequent evenings, and even a willingness to forgo Spongebob.
If you have or know children of reading age who like a good book, we highly recommend Mr. Werner’s new titles. Not only the books great reads, their sales will result in a contribution to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via Hooked On a Cure.
You can purchase both books through the Olive Web site (where you can also find some pretty cool t-shirts).