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Saturday 19 September 2015

Review: Ollie and the Wind

Ollie lives on a small island. There aren't many people around, but he does have lots of space to play.

One day, the wind steals his hat. Mmm, sneaky! Ollie tries to catch the wind in a net so he can ask it what it's done with his hat. But, no luck.

Then the wind takes Ollie's scarf. He tries to catch the wind in a can this time, but that also fails. So now Ollie has no hat and no scarf. The wind is very naughty, he thinks.

It's only when the wind whisks Ollie's balloon away that Ollie realises it just wants to play. But now he has to find out what kinds of things it likes to play with!

This is a sweetly gentle story of an unusual friendship. To connect with anybody it's important to understand them and know what they like, and be able to overcome any misunderstandings — and it's no different for Ollie as he seeks to connect with the wind.

Ollie and the Wind is the debut picture book from author/illustrator Ronojoy Ghosh. He's managed to perfectly balance text and illustrations, and I look forward to seeing his next story.

Title: Ollie and the Wind
Author/Illustrator: Ronojoy Ghosh
Publisher: Random House Australia, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857988485
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book