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Olive, My Love Hardcover – October 1, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 3–Olive, the dog that previously came to holiday fame as a wanna-be reindeer, is back in a Valentine-trimmed tale. Dexter, a winged dog, drops a giant red heart ("all of my love") on her doorstep. Believing that he lost it, Olive sets out on an adventure to return it, and a squirrel and a spider help her. When Olive finds Dexter and tries to return the heart, he tells her that it was meant as a gift. The friends open the heart-shaped candy box and enjoy a picnic of bonbons and dog biscuits. While Valentine's Day is never explicitly mentioned, the cover and the story clearly point to it. The narrative has some sweet and clever moments, but for the most part it is a mishmash. The clever squirrel seems to be useful only for his car and the spider, a black widow dressed as a hobo, comes across as strange rather than quirky. Seibold's computer-generated art still has some of the endearing qualities of the original Olive tale, but many of the pages are strangely cropped and text heavy, which detracts from the book's flow. While fans of the plucky heroine may be pleased to have her back, her latest adventure isn't everything it could be.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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About the Author

VIVIAN WALSH and J.OTTO SEIBOLD are the creators of eight other picture books, including Gluey: A Snail Tale and the bestselling Christmas classic Olive, the Other Reindeer, a prequel to Olive, My Love. They live in San Francisco, California.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; 1 edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152047204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439743396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
OLIVE is one of my family's favorite charaters, bar none. We have hundreds of books, but none have as much heart (wait til you read it) as this one. A MUST READ!! I took it into my classroom and now everyone wants to borrow it.
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Olive, the canine heroine, has found a one-of-a-kind object she just knows must be returned. A heart! And not just any heart, it's a huge heart. One that is as loving as Olive's is. Now, with the help of her friends, Handler the squirrel, Flea the flea, and Weaver the spider, Olive must find a way to return the heart to it's rightful owner. Her very good friend Dexter the dog.

In usual fashion, Vivian Walsh has woven a cute tale that is sure to please all young readers, especially around Valentine's Day, while J. Otto Seibold has created wonderful illustrations that bring the story to life. Olive is an adorable character, who could put a smile on anyone's face. Overall, this is a must-have book for your home, you won't be disappointed!

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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This is a slightly odd picture book. For the pictures, I would give it 5 stars; the artwork is colorful and engaging for the kids and parents alike. The plot itself is cute as well, a winged dog giving his "heart" to our heroine Olive. The text though is convoluted, wordy and confusing to the toddler/young child set that the book appears to be geared towards. They miss most of the plays on words, and there is just too much text for the basic story. What is there is kind of dull as well. So I would give 3 stars to the plot, 5 for the illustrations, and averaged it out to my rating of 4 stars for the book.
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A Kid's Review on February 2, 2005
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I absolutely love love love love this book. It is very funny. I wish Olive would come to my house. There is a spider in the book that can weave anything. It makes a web, a hammock, a slingshot and a parachute.
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I ordered this for my 3 year old since she absolutely loves her Olive the Other Reindeer book. She was very meh after I read this to her and hasn't asked me to read it again. Even I thought it wasn't as cute as the Reindeer one.
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I gave this to my 1 year old for Valentine's Day. She loves to read books! I think that it was a bit too much of a book for her at 1 year s old. I still enjoyed reading it, and I know that she will love it in the future. We will definitely keep it in our mix of books to read! I can't wait to get some of the other Olive books.
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A Kid's Review on November 16, 2005
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Vivian Walsh has created the best characters in recent picture books. My favorite character in OLIVE MY LOVE is a fast-talking squirrel. This is how he introduces himself to Olive.

Olive hadn't gone far when she heard these four words.

"Stop! No! Don't go!"

Olive stopped.

"Stand clear of the rut!" instructed a squirrel.

Just then, down the rut rolled a nut.

The squirrel held it up to show Olive.

"Now I can say hello. Hello. My name is Handler."
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If my 3 year old were writing this review, it would be an enthusiastic 5 stars. However, coming from this mom's point of view I give it a "meh" and 3 stars.

We love Olive and her quirky ways at our house, but this story was just... weird. It didn't flow terribly well, the characters were introduced rather abruptly, and it's a bit hard to read out loud.

We'll keep reading it (probably several times a day if the pattern continues) but my kids like it a whole lot more than I do.
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