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Great for discussing similarities and differences
By Ann M. Huebner - August 19, 2000
My son (almost three) has been crazy about this book from the moment he saw the cover. It's about a toddler/robot named Rolie Polie Olie who lives on a distant planet. The gentle, rhyming story recounts his day with his family--breakfast, chores, play time, naughty behavior, bedtime. We spend a lot of time pointing out the similiarities and differences between our family and Olie's. For example, our house is shaped like a box; Olie's house is shaped like a teapot. Our vacuum stays on the ground; Olie's vacuum flies through the air and makes bubbles. This feature alone makes the book worthwhile. Be warned, however, that the poetic text with its odd phrases and syntax will be somewhat puzzling to toddlers; I'm still at a loss to explain, "Yes, okey dokey is the day when all you Rolie did was play." Some of the illustrations will also confuse--just try sorting out Olie's dad from the pogo stick and the tree house; it's all a mesmerizing mish-mash of odd... read more
Great reading for youngster
By Ericka Johnson - January 8, 2000
My child delights in this book. I have only had it for a week now but the pages are already becoming worn because he wants me to read it to him every time he sees it. He is only three and already he knows the book backwards and forwards. Forget about Barney or Teletubbies, Rolie Polie Olie has become his new favorite. The book features brightly animated pictures of the main character and depicts he and his family in a charming settin. They enjoy their day engaging in family activities. There is also a crucial element to the book that my son can definately relate to being that he sometimes becomes overworked and wired and is then not mindful of others. William Joyce portrays this one special point carefully as he shows the main character and his family in a happily ever after situation.
Olie can't fall asleep and decides to go out exploring, but while he is wide awake, everyone else is tired and wants to go home to bed. The mailman, the bus driver and other night workers are all so ...