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Olympig! Hardcover – July 5, 2012
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"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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a little too advanced for my little ones, but with a little modifying, I could easily read it aloud to them. imaginative story.Published 4 months ago by msmcd1956
I searched winter olympics and this book came up. There was no preview on the book and it only mentions the winter Olympics on the last page.. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sandra Funk
This is such a cute book about doing your best - but not always "winning." I love it and so do my kids. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Heather
i bought this book for my grandson who is 9 and he just loved the book. He doesn't like to read alot but this held his attention so i was delighted that he enjoyed reading this... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by marilyn schwartz