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Ollie's Odyssey - William Joyce

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2016
ISBN: 9781442473553
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old

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Can a beloved but lost stuffed rabbit save himself and other Losts from becoming the most feared designation of all: The Forgotten? Find out in this epic quest from the author of The Guardians series and the creative force behindThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Oswald is a favorite. Of all the toys in Billy's home, the stuffed rabbit takes top rank: everywhere Billy goes, so goes Oz. But being a favorite is more than a privilege-it's also fraught with danger. Because of Zozo.

Zozo has never been a favorite. An amusement park prize who was never chosen, Zozo has grown so bitter that, when the amusement park closes, he seeks revenge on every toy lucky enough to be a favorite. He wants them all to become The Lost, and even better,Forgotten.

When Billy accidentally leaves Oz under the table at a wedding, Oz finds himself on an unplanned adventure, kidnapped by the nefarious Zozo and his gang of creeps and faced with the momentous task of saving not only himself, but all the other stuffies who are "lost" as well

With nods to Toy Story and Knuffle Bunny, but with that insoucient joie de vivre that is all William Joyce's and Moonbot's own, here's a look at what REALLY goes on with your stuffed animals when the lights are out.

About the Author

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (Billy’s Booger; The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The bond betweena child and a toy is a very special thing. For six-year-old Billy thatconnection exists with Ollie, the stuffed animal his mother made him when hewas born. Resembling a teddy bear with rabbit ears, the endearing Ollie isimportant for a reason beyond being Billy's favorite; sewn into Ollie's chestis a tinkling bell from Nina, the precious childhood toy of Billy's mother.With a seasoned storyteller's skill, Joyce sets the stage for an incredibleadventure, using Billy's childish perspective (and vocabulary) to convey thevastness and scariness of the world beyond one's backyard, as well as to createa place where toys can come to life. Not far from Billy's house lie the remainsof an abandoned carnival, where an embittered toy clown, Zozo, has growncrooked and cruel with hate. His army of Creeps (wicked minions built fromscraps) kidnaps the toys Zozo despises most--favorites--and his sights are set onOllie. Joyce's beautiful color illustrations put the sweetness of Billy andOllie's relationship and the creepiness of Zozo's underworld on full display.Sensitive readers may find Zozo too frightening, but many will get a thrillfrom the perilous, high-stakes adventure, where bravery and friendship reign supreme.

HIGH-DEMANDBACKSTORY: Astalwart of children's literature, Joyce will drive inherent interest evenfurther with an author tour.

--Julia Smith--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW "March 1, 2016 "

ISBN: 9781442473553
ISBN-10: 144247355X
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 9 years old
For Grades: 3 - 4
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 18.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.01