Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children's books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.
A handful of titles are making their way from picture book into board book. Two by Olivier Dunrea will have young ones cheering for the arrival of a new gosling in Ollie and its follow-up Ollie the Stomper. With spare text and simple but expressive spot art, the hatching of a new chick and its first adventure with Gossie and Gertie will leave readers eager for more adventures with the trio. (Houghton, $6.95 each 32p ages 0-3 ISBN 978-0-618-75503-5; ISBN 978-0-618-75504-2; Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"With their simple watercolors and narrative, along with diminutive heroes who assert a budding independence, these tales demonstrate once again how well their creator knows his audience." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Dunrea successfully adds to the 'Gossie and Gertie' cast with these endearing tales." School Library Journal, Starred
"Dunrea's keen awareness of young children's concerns and quirks translates into charmingly simple illustrations and text." Kirkus Reviews
"Pre-schoolers will relate to Ollie's point of view and delight in his humorous reactions to the new world he's discovering." Booklist, ALA
"Dunrea's text...is packed with toddler-sized drama, and Gossie and Gertie easily assume the roles of older sisters dealing with a pesky but beloved younger brother." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books