I happened upon this book on the new-books shelf at our local library. It’s a treasure!
Here’s a description of the book, from the inside jacket: “Hoot loves adventures. Olive does not. But as long as they’re together, they can accomplish anything.”
Jonathan D. Voss is a debut picture book author/illustrator, and I think he hit it out of the park. I am in love with the story and the writing style. It has a sweet style reminiscent of the original Winnie-the-Pooh books, which left me with a feeling of happy nastalgia. The characters – cautious Olive and her brave stuffy Hoot – are lovable, and the magical friendship between them is both touching and believable. The illustrations are rich and beautiful, and it has side bar illustrations that are also reminiscent of the original Winnie-the-Pooh.
It is also child-approved. My six-year-old enjoyed it, and it has quickly become one of my three-year-old’s favorite books. She is sometimes difficult to keep captivated for an entire story but she wants to read this one over and over, stays engaged the whole time, and comments and asks questions about the story and the illustrations.
This one’s truly a gem. I can’t wait to read the next Hoot & Olive Story.