Saturday, May 2, 2015

Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy (Stories 1 -3) by Werner Stejskal

Oliver and Jumpy (Stories 1 -3)
By Werner Stejskal
Publisher: Werner Stejskal
Published: Oct. 28, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

 1 - 8
These illustrated cat stories are all about “Oliver and Jumpy”, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together. Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!” quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front! Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value.

Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available. Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession. Love you all! Meow! Check out the Free INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES to see how beautiful the illustrations are! 

Story 1: Molly the Mole - Oliver has an accident and makes a friend.
Story 2: Saving Ducky - Jumpy saves a duckling from the eagle.
Story 3: Jumpy's Secret - Oliver gets a big surprise.

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My Thoughts:

The Oliver and Jumpy Stories come is sets of three. In the first story Molly the Mole, Oliver is introduced to us as an elegant cat who is a little bit full of himself and tells us of his friend Jumpy who allows him to ride around in his pocket. They make a new friend.

In the second story,  Saving Ducky, Jumpy saves a duckling from an eagle, and in story 3, Jumpy’s Secret, Jumpy tells Oliver why he can’t ride in her pouch anymore. He’s very excited.

The stories are perfect for young children. There is no violence, and in fact while Oliver does chase mice, he does not eat birds or mice because he is allergic to them. He always lets them go. To him it is just a game.

The illustrations are bright and cheerful and should be very enticing to children. The stories are interesting and would be perfect as bedtime stories. Depending on the electronic device you are using to read your book you may have pop-up text or audio available. Several of the books are available on YouTube with the author reading the stories as well.

I thought that the stories were very well done and suitable for young children. I would recommend parents to check out these stories. I think you will like them for your children. I gave them 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children's stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner's dream is to see "Oliver and Jumpy" animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

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