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PreSchool-K—Little Olu has set up some of his toys in readiness for "the big race," but his father ends the child's fun by announcing that it's time for bed. Evading monsters, eating all the pizza he can hold, riding on a big blue whale, and traveling in a rocket ship through outer space reveal that the child's imagination runs wild even in sleep. The story is told in forced rhyming couplets: "It's a whale! What a ride. Feel that cool breeze./Away we go, unless there's a sneeeeze…." The numerous, brightly colored, frenetic, manga-style illustrations may appeal to children but are not enough to make this even an additional purchase.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI END

About the Author

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of more than thirty picture books for children, including The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, and the author and illustrator of Olu's Dream. He has exhibited his art in West Africa and Paris and in Chicago, New York, and other major U.S. cities. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.



Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of more than thirty picture books for children, including The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, and the author and illustrator of Olu's Dream. He has exhibited his art in West Africa and Paris and in Chicago, New York, and other major U.S. cities. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060726725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060726720
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book as much as my son does. It is one of the few books that I have seen that shows a boy of African descent simply using his gifts of imagination and simply being a child.

The illustrations are a great part of what makes it so appealing to me. I like the visual references in the book: the London Eye and Big Ben depicted in the background illustrations, the dual African and Asian heritage of Olu, Olu being raised in a creative household (the opening page shows the potagonist's father in his art studio amidst books, etc.) It never belabors the point of ethnicity and culture but at the same time celebrates it.

I also see this as a nice companion to Faith Ringgold's classic, Tar Beach.
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A wonderful book about the power of imagination. A must have for any child's collection. This one will hold up to repeated readings for years to come. It's not too often a book comes along that you can see buying and passing on to all the kids in your life.
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This book is amazing. That is all. =D ...o & also that I love it SO MUCH I'm buying copies for all my friends children, & stalking the author for any other publishings. 💙💙💙 ~So I lied. That is not all. This is the ONLY children's book I have ever come across in the countless stories purchased for any of my 3 boys depicting such a charming family dynamic between a black father and his son. It is brilliantly illustrated, bursting with creativity, beautifully written, ...and it rhymes. What more can you ask for? This is a MUST HAVE for ALL children.
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