Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh, hardback picture book, published by Random House Australia in 2015.
The wind blows away Ollie’s hat, and then his scarf. He chases the wind in the hopes of finding his things, but then he realises that the wind wants to play. He just has to find the right toy to share with the wind.
I really like the cover of Ollie and the Wind, I’ve always thought it would be neat to fly on the wind with an umbrella!
This is a sweet story of friendship and sharing. Ollie seems a bit lonely. There aren’t many people around for him to play with, so he spends a lot of time on his own. The ideas he has for catching the wind are a bit funny, especially the butterfly net.
The illustrations are a little different, but lovely. I like how Ollie is drawn; he’s quite cute with a spray of freckles across his nose. The night sky scene with the moon and stars is stunning, and easily my favourite picture in the whole book.
Ollie and the Wind is a nice book for sharing with toddlers, preschoolers and lower primary school students.
* Ollie and the Wind is shortlisted for the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year in the Early Childhood Book category.