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Praise for Olympig!

"A humorous romp."—Publishers Weekly

"Jamieson's acrylic illustrations create a cast of characters that express themselves clearly; there is a quality of comic melodrama to the sequence of Boomer's trials. Asides in amusing speech balloons add to the fun."—Children's Literature

"Jamieson snatches moral victory from the jaws of athletic defeat with warmth, satirical wit, and old-fashioned silliness. Her drawings and formats are wonderfully varied, colorful, and bursting with personality. Subtle, funny commentaries will be appreciated by slightly older readers, stretchingOlympig's appeal."—School Library Journal 


Praise for Roller Girl

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Roller Girl's message of self-discovery, friendship, and perseverance will roll its way right into your heart.” —Raina Telgemeier, New York Times bestselling author of Sisters

“This spiky, winning graphic novel captures the bittersweetness of finding a new passion and saying goodbye to your former, more uncertain self.”—New York Times Book Review

* "Jamieson captures this snapshot of preteen angst with a keenly decisive eye, brilliantly juxtaposing the nuances of roller derby with the twists and turns of adolescent girls' friendships...Full of charm and moxie—don't let this one roll past."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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* "Readers will stand up and cheer."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Jamieson’s dialogue captures coming-of-age…so authentically"—Horn Book, starred review

* "[A] sharp and engaging graphic novel”—BCCB, starred review

"Visually, Roller Girl is very appealing—think Lynn Johnston with a modern edge—but it's the storytelling that really sets this graphic novel apart…A great choice for tween girls, whether they're remaking themselves, renegotiating friendships or just weathering the stormy seas of early adolescence."—Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Victoria Jamieson lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735361
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Havertown, Pennsylvania, where I wrote and illustrated my first book in the third grade. SUPER COW! was a smash hit both with critics (my teacher) and collectors (my parents).

When I was twelve years old, my family moved to Florida. My parents tried to get me and my two brothers excited about our move by buying us season passes to Disney World. I loved watching the animators at work on the Backstage Tour, and I decided I wanted to work for Disney when I grew up.

I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, but soon found myself drawn back towards illustration instead of animation. After graduation and a slew of ill-fated careers (including a portrait artist on a Carnival Cruise ship and a conductor of illegal tours through the Vatican Museums), I began working as a book designer with a children's book publisher in New York.

I now live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and surly cat. Along with writing and illustrating, I teach children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art. I also maintain a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.

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I honestly am not sure what to think about this book. It is by far the oddest best book I have seen a while.

The book starts off with a pig, Boomer, who had big dreams of entering the olympics. Boomer was not liked much and everyone doubted him. No one though he could go to the olympics. That did not discourage him, Boomer practiced everyday. When it was nighttime, he even dreamed about the olympic until the big day finally arrived.

The first race did not go as planned and Boomer lost big time. Mr. Hamstring, the reporter, encouraged Boomer to quit but he did not. As a matter of fact Boomer kept loosing and everyone told him to to home. With each loos, he was sad but went onto the next challenge.

Right before the last challenge Boomer lost it and threw a little tantrum. Mr. Hamstring took this opportunity to interview the mother. Rather then being embarrassed, she was proud of Boomer for trying his hardest. This lifted Boomer's spirits and he went out and of course did a terrible job.

Boomer smiled and said this is just a practice round. He was ready to come back during the Olympics.

Although this book is a little on the wordy side, the message is very clear. Not everyone will be a winner and that is okay. Boomer's mother was proud he tried and Boomer was not willing to give up. Bottom line if you keep on trying, you may not be a winner, but you can always try again.
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Great for those who are: Elementary/Kinder teachers, school psychologists, special education teachers, Resource teachers, therapists, psychologists, community mental health agencies, those who work with Autistic/Asperghers and other social awkward disabilities.
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A great story to encourage children the importance of not giving up. Although the book was a little wordy, both my girls enjoyed it. I think older children would like this better because of its comic book style and adult presentation (my girls are 2 and 4 so it was a little hard to read everything without them wanting to turn the pages, but we did read it a few times.) The art is fun and the theme very direct. An enjoyable read overall. -Daddy's Girls
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Olympig is the story of the first pig to try to compete in the Animal Olympics. Outmatched by stronger animals in every event, just what does this pig thing he's doing?!

My youngest picked this book out at the library and after reading the first page or two, I didn't think I was going to like this one. I was wrong. Absolutely fantastic illustrations and an interesting and humorous (yet not too cliche) story kept me entertained. My little one enjoyed all the animals throughout the book.

All in all a fun story to the end. Easily recommendable to children 2-8 years old.
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The art in this book is just fantastic. There are so many funny details to find, and Boomer is a great character. He believes in himself even if he isn't the fastest, strongest, or most talented competitor. A great message about trying hard even in the face of defeat.
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