Saturday, January 07, 2017

Olive and the Embarrassing Gift

Olive and the Embarrassing Gift. Tor Freeman. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Joe gave Olive a gift. "They're matching hats!" said Joe. "And they say BEST FRIENDS on them, because that's what we are."

Premise/plot: Olive does not love, love, love her gift from Joe. She finds the BEST FRIENDS hat to be embarrassing. In fact, wearing this "everyday hat" down the street makes EVERYONE laugh at Olive. So what will she do?!

My thoughts: I really enjoyed OLIVE and the BAD MOOD. This book is just as fun in many ways. When Olive accidentally-on-purpose hurts Joe's feelings, she knows that she HAS to make amends. She does love Joe. And she does consider him to be her best friend. I thought her solution was creative, and it definitely worked for these friends.

There are many books about making friends. There aren't quite as many books about staying friends--fighting and making up again. So it is always nice to see books that show the many, many, many sides of friendship.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustration: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

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