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Ollie's Halloween (Gossie & Friends) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Gossie & Friends
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; None, Book w/fold out poster edition (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618532412
  • ASIN: B006OHYO8W
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Ollie and his siblings are back for some Halloween fun. Outfitted in adorable costumes–wizard, chicken, dragon, bunny, and mummy–they traipse around the farm looking for adventure and candy. They prowl, hoot, howl, creep, and gobble treats. They race for the barn as a storm blows in and, in the end, remember that Halloween is a perfect night for sharing. This tale follows the style of Dunrea's other gosling books with simple but amusing text at the bottom of every page and clear, entertaining, and detailed illustrations above. The book concludes with a perforated fold-out poster that tears out easily. This low-key story is a great addition to the Gossie and friends books and will work well in storytime.–Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for Gossie&Friends books:

Ollie's Halloween
 
"This low-key story is a great addition to the Gossie and friends books and will work well in storytime."—School Library Journal, starred review

Gossie
and Gossie&Gertie
 
"Gossie and Gertie's boots are made for walking; the books they so delightfully traverse are made for treasuring." —The Horn Book, starred review
 
"Two books that are sure to become favorites because they tap into quintessential preschool experience....Young children will ask for these stories again and again." —School Library Journal, starred review
 
"Adding ample wry humor to both his spare ink-and-watercolor pictures and minimalist text, Dunrea imbues both goslings with distinctive, endearing personalities and chronicles experiences every preschooler can recognize." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"The potent combination of toddler-appealing story lines and the charismatic charm of the illustrations assure that these smartly clad geese will be marching straight into the hearts of readers." —Kirkus Reviews
 
Ollie
 
"With their simple watercolors and narrative, along with diminutive heroes who assert a budding independence, these tales demonstrate once again how well their creator knows his audience." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"Preschoolers will relate to Ollie's point of view and delight in his humorous reactions to the new world he's discovering." —Booklist
 
"Art and text are spare but expressive, and Dunrea's understanding of toddler life...is remarkably keen." —The Horn Book
 
Peedie
 
"Dunrea's feathered characters have the look and feel of preschoolers rapt in their own discovery of the world." —School Library Journal
 
"Peedie is a very appealing little gosling and the story and repetitive text will delight young listeners." —Children's Literature
 
Merry Christmas, Ollie!

"...the focus on Ollie's childlike anticipation is right on target. Dunrea's graceful ink drawings and beautiful washes offer an appealing alternative to more complex, but less satisfying Christmas picture books" —Booklist

"Remaining true to his uncomplicated watercolor style, Dunrea maintains an element of charm to Ollie's waiting, depicting his impatience as sweet and subdued, rather than manic and obsessed. Parents and children will immediately relate to this youngster's excitement." —School Library Journal

Gossie & Friends: A First Flap Book

"A wonderful addition to Gossie collections." —Kirkus Reviews

2006 Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year


More About the Author

Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children's books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around medieval farms, farm animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in a 100 year old Arts and Crafts house in a tiny, remote mountain village on the western edge of the Catskills Mountains. More of Olivier's art and life can be seen at www.olivierdunrea.com

Customer Reviews

Sweet, simple story about Halloween.
John A. Hayes
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to cuddle with their own curious little ones.
Marie
At least one is in the "read" pile every time we read together!
B. Cowlham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2013
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A good book wasted with a really bad conversion to kindle. A plain pdf would have been so much better. The pictures are too small and can't be enlarged on the kindle. The text appears both on the pictures and below them which wastes space and gets confusing. A complete waste of 6 dollars. The three Gossie books on Kindle Freetime have a much better conversion with nice big pictures. This book was obviously done on the cheap. Total ripoff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catherine on September 12, 2013
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This book was a gift! The child loved it! Would buy again in the future, for a young child, boy or girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lmott on September 11, 2013
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Another in the series of Gossie & Friends books. They are all wonderful! Easy reading for little ones. My grandchildren enjoy all of these books! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 15, 2013
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I love Olivier Dunrea's books because they entertain both my 2 year old and me. My daughter wants the same books read to her over and over and I don't get tired with Olivier's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne in The Woods on April 5, 2013
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My grandson who is now 3 continues to love this series about ducks and goslings. The illustrations are simple but colorful and memorable. He knows all the characters by name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Allen Kolessar on February 5, 2013
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Any of Olivier Dunrea's books are marvelous and sweet. I recommend them all, and I buy them often as gifts for baby showers and children's birthdays.
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By Marie on November 28, 2010
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Ollie's Halloween is the perfect book for pre-readers and their parents to enjoy. It starts off by describing five little gosslings' Halloween costume choices, followed by their adventure they experience through the farmfields where they live, culminating with a feast of treats collected and shared by all. The illistrations are quaint and inviting, drawing the reader and listener alike into the storyline. The words are simple and direct, the perfect speed to hold a young child's attention to the end of the story. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to cuddle with their own curious little ones.
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By B. Cowlham on October 9, 2010
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Ollie and friends are our favotites! We buy every Gossie book that we can find, and Ollie's Halloween is no exception! The books are perfect for my preschool grandkids and never cease to delight. At least one is in the "read" pile every time we read together! Ollie's Halloween is a cute addition. The illustrations are perfectly haunting, the story a howl! Thanks for such a fun book!
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