Review: Oliver & Jumpy (Children’s Stories #46-48)

ojOliver and Jumpy
the Cat Series, Stories 46-48
by Werner Stejskal

Fantasy bedtime stories with a cat and kangaroo.

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow!
Story 46: Saving Fairyland – The queen of fairyland asks Oliver to help them against the magician.
Story 47: Cat King – Oliver becomes a king for a short while, and even gets married.
Story 48: Gnomes – Oliver’s oak tree receives surprise visitors.

officialreviewWe thought this was the most exciting adventures yet for Oliver and Jumpy! My kids whooped with joy when Oliver the elegant tomcat came to the rescue in Fairyland. He unwittingly trapped a giant that’s wreaking havoc to the fairies, outwit a magician, battled ugly demons and get this – a fire breathing dragon!! Wherever there are dragons, trust my kids to be there. My sons actually wished they were with Oliver and Jumpy as they rescued the Fairy Queen’s kingdom!

The second story was a funny one, when Oliver found a giant statue of the Cat King who resembled Oliver a whole lot! When our tomcat imitated the statue, all the other cat statues came alive and rejoiced and crowned Oliver as their new King. But the festivities had to end shortly when Oliver turned white after eating a pie that’s made of mice. Yikes!

The last story was my personal favorite because it teaches children how to take care of trees. Oliver always turns his tree house into a messy place whenever the sun sets down. But lo! Everything comes back clean and into place whenever he wakes up. Some mysterious creatures help him organize his things when he’s asleep, and Oliver is happy to accommodate them when he learns of their own trees being cut down by humans. I told my kids to learn to plant more trees so there’ll be more houses for bees in the future. And they couldn’t agree more.

Once again, Werner Stejskal impressed my family with his wonderful Oliver stories, that not only entertain but also inspire and educate. We’d love to read more about Oliver’s adventures and see the beautiful illustrations in the book! Oliver & Werner deserves our ten thumbs up!


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