Title: How Oliver Olson Changed the World
Author: Claudia Mills
Illustrator: Heather Maione
Reviewed by: Asher M., Grade III
This book is about a boy named Oliver who was sick when he was 4 years old. His parents are over protective. His parents won't let him have sleepovers with JP, Oliver's friend. Oliver really wants to go to the space sleepover and watch Star Wars. But his parents won't let him go to it because they are so over protective of him. Mrs. O'Neill, Oliver's teacher, had the kids think of ideas that could change the world. The idea that Oliver came up with was that parents aren't allowed to help kids with homework because it was no fair. His parents always did his homework and he did not like that. The message from the book is before you change the world sometimes you need to change yourself. Oliver changed himself by taking care of his own self by working with Crystal on the diorama and by not needing any of his Mom's help.
The story takes place in Oliver's school, Oliver's house and Crystal's house. This book happened in the present. It's important that the story takes place at school. If you don't learn you can't change the world.
Oliver changes at the end of the story. At the beginning of the story, Oliver was really embarrassed that he didn't get to do that much. The other kids got to do a lot like ride bikes, do sleepovers, and do their own homework. All Oliver could do was stay in his house, Mrs. O'Neill asked the kids who wants to go to the moon. And Oliver didn't raise his hand because his parents would never let him go to the moon. He really wanted to go to the space sleepover because it was going to be fun. His mother said no. At the end of the story, Oliver is acting like a big kid. Oliver tells his Mom his real feelings and he says I can go to the space sleep over by myself and I can do the diorama by myself with Crystal's help. The character reminds me of myself. I used to be a little kid and then I changed. For example, I used to be afraid to sleep without bed rails and now I'm not. When I was a little kid, I was scared of doing things and now I'm not.
I like the illustrations because they help me picture what is going on in the story.
I recommend this book as a really good book because it teaches little kids how they should change themselves. When they get older they should try new things. You want to catch up with other boys and girls because you don't want to be the only one who isn't trying new things when the other boys and girls are being brave. Boys and girls would like this book because it has both boys and girls in it and the main message and for both boys and girls about changing yourself.
PJS Students, Families, Teachers, and Staff
Read anything good lately? Submit your own book reviews and find out what others have been reading.