Review for Ollie Feels Fine

Review for Ollie Feels Fine

Ollie Feels Fine, Toni Yuly, Octopus, Friendship, Feelings, Starfish, Picture Book, Emotions, Children's BooksI received this picture book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

A book about feelings, how appropriate given how my emotions/feelings are all over the place, even more so with corona lurking around. The book looked and sounded cute so I decided this was going to be my next read.

In this book we meet Ollie. Hi Ollie! He is an octopus and in this book he shows a lot of emotions and all in one day. Yep, it is a rollercoaster day for Ollie. I definitely wanted to give him a hug after all that happened. I liked the story and seeing Ollie go through his day, however, I do feel that the transition between pages and feelings/emotions could have gone better. It worked fine the first pages, for instance the transition from wave to being thrown on the beach made sense, but seeing Ollie go from mad at the shark to a rainbow to what comes after just felt a bit weird. I get that the author wants to show a lot of emotions, but this just felt a bit too stuffed/too forced.

But I did love see Ollie change colour with each emotion. From his normal blue-ish/green-ish colour to red when angry to blue when sad. He also shows his emotions with his face, but I am sure for kids it works even better to show emotions with colours. That way it just POPS out more.

I liked the friendship between Stella and Ollie, that was just so sweet. Loved how Stella was always there for Ollie.

The art was simple, but I did like it. It was quite cute.

All in all, a pretty good read and I am happy I had the chance to read it!

Star rating, 3.5 stars

6 thoughts on “Review for Ollie Feels Fine

  1. Awwww! That sounds like such a cute book. I think I get what you mean about the book being too stuffed with things/not great transitions. I have seen that in those types of books before, too. I guess it’s hard to do it all cleverly. 😀 Thanks for your review!

    1. Yeah, happy to hear that my point came across, and yes, I also saw it in other books. I guess authors just get a bit over enthusiastic at times (not a bad thing per se of course). You’re welcome, and thank you for reading + commenting!

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