I was asked yesterday to read and review a children’s book entitled Oliver and Jumpy Stories 13-15, by Werner Stejskal. He’s written a series that follows these characters and from what I’ve seen, there’s a lot of kid-friendly entertainment between the various covers. I read Oliver and Jumpy, and you’ll find my review farther along in this post. But first, I want to share a little bit about the man behind the books.
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Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.
There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.
Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!
Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!
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And here is my review of Oliver and Jumpy stories 13-15,
I don’t normally read kid’s books, so I’m not the one to give any kind of professional critique to a book like this. However, I can definitely tell you what I like, and what I think is good, and Oliver and Jumpy scores highly in both of those categories. The stories themselves are well written, and I think they would entertain a child nicely. I noticed that they touch on subjects that are not usually found in these kinds of books, but they are handled with sensitivity in a way that a child can relate to. The illustrations are beautiful, perfect for helping a child fall more fully into the story. I have only one issue with the book, and it’s the reason I didn’t give it a five star rating. Because the author put three stories in a book, it was necessary to use a smaller font and pack a lot of writing onto each page. Therefore, this is more of a “read to” as opposed to a “read along” book. I think that if each of these stories was an individual book it would be possible to maybe cut out some of the unnecessary text and enlarge the font so that a young reader could follow along. But aside from that, it’s a great book and I’m very happy to give it four stars.
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You can read about Werner Stejskal on his Amazon Author Page
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