I believe Ollie and Moon are going to be the next big thing in children's animation.
Ollie has a surprise for Moon and leads the way through the streets of Paris, passing traditional Paris landmarks, and stumbling across all sorts of things that Moon loves (cheese!) but she doesn't guess her surprise until the last page.
The two pals are so pleasing to the eye, simple lines, great coloring, and the perfect amount of silly. When the 6 year old was waiting for me to read to him at bedtime, I came in as he was flipping through the pages, just taking in all the pictures and illustrations. This is one of the books he will pick up when he doesn't want the pressure of reading a chapter book, but instead would rather be taken away by pictures. And that's OK by me!
I love how Diane Kredensor mixes her drawings with real photos of Paris. It reminds me of Knuffle Bunny and Trixie set against the New York backdrop - one of our favorites. Ollie and Moon seem to leap off the page while taking in the sites of France.
There is something so special about Ollie and Moon - I wish I could put it into words, but it's just that gut feeling that tells me this is the beginning of something great.
This new duo is sure to be one of our favorite pairs...but that's not all it is!
Ollie and Moon is currently in development as their own animated series!
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)
About the Author: Diane Kredensor is an Emmy award-winning children's television director and artist. She was inspired to write this "buddy story" by her love of people, her love of travel, and her love of cheese! The distinctive art style features Diane's bold, stylized characters superimposed atop Sandra Kress's charming photographs of Paris. French words and landmarks add to the fun. This delightful friendship story will keep readers laughing as they join Ollie and Moon on their cumulative guessing game through the City of Light. Tricycle Films
*Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review