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Rolie Polie Olie Hardcover – September 22, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Rolie Polie Olie
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060271639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060271633
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 9.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Any book that features robots dancing around in their underpants is a book worth owning. William Joyce--creator of Dinosaur Bob and George Shrinks--brings his expansive, wildly colored illustrations to the story of a cute, buglike robot and his family. Rolie Polie Olie lives on a faraway planet with his mom and pop, his sister Zowie, and his doggie Spot. They spend a pretty ordinary day playing, working, eating, and getting ready for bed in this delightfully modest tale of robotic family happiness. Joyce's bouncy prose is engaging enough to be read aloud time and again: "You're Rolie hot and Polie tired. Your motor's zapped. Your piston's fired. Yes, okey dokey is the day when all you Rolie did was play." The illustrations are vintage Joyce, with a 1930s deco look that's polished without being soulless. The pictorial lushness is a nice counterpoint to the simplicity of the tale, which devotes a grand full-page spread to the little-known fact that "The Rolie Polie Rumba Dance was always done in underpants!" --Claire Dederer

From Publishers Weekly

Joyce diverges from the hyperbolic, pleasurably bizarre imagery he created for The Leaf Men and Dinosaur Bob in this digitally enhanced but uneventful picture book. Rolie Polie Olie is a robotic child living in a "land of curves and curls," where most objects are rounded and smooth (although the rooms of Olie's teapot-shaped house have corners). Olie himself is comprised of a round yellow head with the circular black eyes of a smiley face. On his spherical torso, he wears red shorts whose dual buttons recall Mickey Mouse's signature pants, and he stands on pliable metallic limbs that resemble pay-phone cords. In this day-in-the-life story, "Rolie Polie Olie/ rolled out of bed./ Brushed his teeth./ Recharged his head." After a breakfast of "Rolie O's," Olie and his parents, sister and dog perform a morning ritual: "The Rolie Polie Rumba Dance/ was always done in underpants!" Olie then helps the family with chores, plays ball (of course), gets in a tiff with his sister, apologizes and goes to bed forgiven. Joyce makes use of round "O"s in his rhymes and liberally applies "Rolie" as an adjective ("Yes, okey dokey is the day/ when all you Rolie did was play"). Thanks to computer manipulation, his plasticine paintings offer crisp edges, flawless high-tech color and a seeming three-dimensionality. Olie's shiny surface doesn't make up for his lack of a personality, but the character practically steps out of the frames, advertising his potential as a toy or animated image. Ages 2-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

A true luminary and creative spirit, William Joyce has put his personal stamp on children's media in every direction. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and Santa Calls; he's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently co-directing The Guardians for DREAMWORKS, and is producing The Leaf Men, based on his picturebook. He lives in Shreveport, LA, and is the founder of Moonbot Studios.

Customer Reviews

We read it every night and never tire of it.
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I think I love this book more than my 2 year old daughter.
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The illustrations are very bright, colorful and well done.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wow, Rolie Polie Olie is a huge hit at our home. Not only the TV series and the new book, but now you can get toys of the whole family through etoys.com. They are absolutely precious. I received mine today and don't know if I will be able to wait until Christmas to give them to my children. Check them out. I promise you don't want to miss out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Huebner on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son (almost three) has been crazy about this book from the moment he saw the cover. It's about a toddler/robot named Rolie Polie Olie who lives on a distant planet. The gentle, rhyming story recounts his day with his family--breakfast, chores, play time, naughty behavior, bedtime. We spend a lot of time pointing out the similiarities and differences between our family and Olie's. For example, our house is shaped like a box; Olie's house is shaped like a teapot. Our vacuum stays on the ground; Olie's vacuum flies through the air and makes bubbles. This feature alone makes the book worthwhile. Be warned, however, that the poetic text with its odd phrases and syntax will be somewhat puzzling to toddlers; I'm still at a loss to explain, "Yes, okey dokey is the day when all you Rolie did was play." Some of the illustrations will also confuse--just try sorting out Olie's dad from the pogo stick and the tree house; it's all a mesmerizing mish-mash of odd shapes and bright colors. That said, the overall story is simple enough that it will carry young readers/listeners through the tough spots. And there is an awful lot here to enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ericka Johnson on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My child delights in this book. I have only had it for a week now but the pages are already becoming worn because he wants me to read it to him every time he sees it. He is only three and already he knows the book backwards and forwards. Forget about Barney or Teletubbies, Rolie Polie Olie has become his new favorite. The book features brightly animated pictures of the main character and depicts he and his family in a charming settin. They enjoy their day engaging in family activities. There is also a crucial element to the book that my son can definately relate to being that he sometimes becomes overworked and wired and is then not mindful of others. William Joyce portrays this one special point carefully as he shows the main character and his family in a happily ever after situation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil Roseman on August 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that this is a somewhat reluctant 5 stars. Why? As an adult reader, I don't think this book is as good as William Joyce's other books, like "Dinosaur Bob", "George Shrinks", and my favorite "A Day with Wilbur Robinson".

But my 1 year-old does not agree. This is by far his favorite book in his young life. Whenever he sees the cover he starts doing what my wife and I call "crazy arms" -- waving his arms excitedly, making noise and moving around. Not sure what magic Joyce is weaving here -- but it works.

Also, while the words aren't pure poetry, it is fun to read aloud. We always do the "Rolie Polie Rhumba Dance" which our boy loves.

While I don't love the illustration style as much as the other Joyce books -- it is effective given the Rolie universe. So, while I might give this a 3.5, my son gives it 100 -- I guess I have to give it the full 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Alan Davis on August 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rolie Polie Olie is my 23 month old daughters favorite Disney Character. She fell in love with the show at about 15 months so we bought her the book late last fall. Now almost 8 months later, it is still her favorite book. The only problem was that this is not a board book so the pages are becoming worn. If you like this book, we now also own two other books about Rolie Polie Olie that are board books that I would recomend. One is "How Many Howdy's"(a counting book from 1 to 10) and the other is "Be My Pal!" which is a book about how Olie and his little sister Zowie become best pals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on February 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Come spend the day with Rolie Polie Olie who lives with his Mom and Pop, sister Zowie and dog Spot on a special planet of curves and curls. They get up in the morning, brush their teeth, recharge their heads, eat Rolie O's for breakfast and then dance the rumba dance in underpants. They work together cleaning their teapot house and playing all day until poor Olie gets so overtired and wired, he can't calm down for bedtime and gets in trouble (maybe like someone you know). But all turns out well and he gets his goodnight kiss on his Rolie Polie head. Then it's time to sleep tight, so that they're all ready for another busy day..... William Joyce captures the essence of a busy pre-schooler in this gentle, rhyming, silly story. But what makes this book so special are the computer enhanced illustrations, full of vibrant, expressive, detailed images that almost spill off the page. Youngsters who love the Disney Channel, Rolie Polie Olie TV show will certainly enjoy this wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Simply the best Computer Generated picture book ever. This just proves no matter what medium William Joyce works in...the end product turns to gold
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Knutson on March 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Rolie Polie Olie is one of my daughter's favorite books. We have read it so many times, she can "read" it with me. The story covers a day in the life of Rolie Polie Olie, from the moment he tumbles out of bed and recharges his head to when he is Rolie Polie tired at the end of a busy day. The pictures are bright, crisp, and so alive, they almost look three dimensional. It is a truly delightful book, perfect for bedtime reading. The story is told in silly rhymes that are easy to remember after only a few readings. We can't wait for the next one and will buy it to add to our home library.
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