New York Book Festival Honorable Mention
Ollie the Owllama, author Kim Wilson’s first book, is a humorous chapter book inspired by her daughters’ love for owls and llamas. Ollie, the main character, has to manage the traits of spitting like his llama Papa and hooting like his owl Mama. When he is upset, especially when given food he does not like, it all comes out together as one loud “Pah-hoo!” that is mistaken as a sneeze. His frustration grows, as does his hunger, as he navigates through his day of “pah-hoos” and uneaten grass, nettles and mice, when all he craves is a delicious stack of pancakes. Faced with solving his problem of being misunderstood, as well as wanting to fill his empty tummy with pancakes, Ollie resolves his issues with honesty and the help of family and friends—and receives a pleasant and unexpected surprise of acceptance and understanding as a result. Included are fun facts about owls and lamas.
What People Say
“Young readers will fall head over heels for brave and lovable Ollie. In a world where it’s hard to feel accepted for who we are, Ollie shows us just what to do!”- Mollie Gee, RN, MSN, CPNP, MA, LPCA, NCC, Owner of The Nest Counseling
“This book is sure to delight audiences of all ages, and encourage empathy, good manners and fun at the same time. Lots of teachable moments! Thank you to Kim Wilson for bringing Ollie to our library shelves. Can’t wait to read it to my young friends.” – Nanine Hartzenbusch Fox, Director of Our Little Library, Charlotte, NC
This book would be a wonderful addition to any school and/or classroom library!!!Vibrant illustrations keep transitional readers engaged, tier two vocabulary is intertwined throughout, and the conflict solution is clear and concise, helping young readers track character change throughout the story. – Lauren Phillips, Literacy Facilitator, Beverly Woods Elementary, A National Blue Ribbon and A+ School