The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America




Oliver is an oddball kid who spends most of his time with his toy friends — stuffed animals and puppets. He is a master of solitude who is able to tap into his imagination and create adventures in the desert, the oceans and the other side of the world. Oliver feels uncomfortable when he has to do things on his own.

Birgitta Sif makes her writing and illustrating debut with this praiseworthy picture book designed for children ages 4 and up. She shows the miracle that takes place when Oliver moves beyond his fantasy friends and meets a female friend who can share his world. The author sums up: "Oliver was a bit different. But it didn't matter. Olivia was a bit different too" (Candlewick Press).


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