Books by Olivier Dunrea

JASPER & JOOP by Olivier Dunrea
Released: March 5, 2013

"A winning tale of opposites attracting in spite of the odds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Meet a Felix and Oscar of the feathered variety in this pitch-perfect tale of friends as different as different can be. Read full book review >
LITTLE CUB by Olivier Dunrea
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Comforting and uplifting. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two lonely bears find each other and form a deep bond. Read full book review >
GIDEON by Olivier Dunrea
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Dunrea has proven himself a master of child behavior (and waterfowl)—let's hope the gaggle keeps growing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new gosling joins Dunrea's Gossie & Friends. Read full book review >
GIDEON & OTTO by Olivier Dunrea
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"A lovely and comforting addition to a charming series. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Gideon the gosling loves toy Otto; Gideon loses Otto; Gideon finds Otto. Joy, oh joy. Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS TREE FOR PYN by Olivier Dunrea
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The tale of Pyn and her father has psychological ties to the story of Heidi and her grandfather, with a similar theme of the love of a little girl cracking open a crusty heart. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Little Pyn lives in a cottage on top of a mountain with her cranky giant of a father, who doesn't want to celebrate Christmas—or raise a daughter by himself, either. Read full book review >
OLD BEAR AND HIS CUB by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Simplicity at its best. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Old Bear loved his Little Cub with all his heart. Little Cub loved Old Bear with all his heart." Read full book review >
OLLIE’S EASTER EGGS by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Although toddlers and young preschoolers may be mystified at the madness behind Ollie's method, as he steals his compatriots' hidden eggs and then hides them again, there'll be more than pleased by his triumphant ending. (stickers) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo and Peedie are all busy preparing for Easter, gathering, dying and hiding their eggs. Read full book review >
MERRY CHRISTMAS, OLLIE! by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"The choice of Father Christmas Goose as the Santa character is a clever play on words, but this concept may be confusing for some children, who may think the character is the father of the goslings rather than Santa. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dunrea continues his successful series about a gaggle of goslings with this simple story for preschoolers about the anticipation that little ones experience before Christmas. Read full book review >
HOP! PLOP! by Corey Rosen Schwartz
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"An accessible, but not overly exciting introduction to the concept of size differences and friendship. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A simple but pleasing story of two animal friends, Mouse and Elephant, who have trouble playing together at the playground because of their extreme size differences. Read full book review >
GOSSIE & FRIENDS by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: March 13, 2006

"A wonderful addition to Gossie collections. (Picture book. 1-3)"
Adorable goslings and numerous flaps will delight the dedicated fans of Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, Peedie and Ollie. Read full book review >
HANNE’S QUEST by Olivier Dunrea
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Presented as a tidy-looking quarto, with a vignette and a full-page, formal painted scene in dark, subtly modulated colors for each chapter, this will appeal to young readers who revel in magic tales, but aren't quite ready for more voluminous fantasies. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Demonstrating that no, size doesn't matter, Dunrea sends a small speckled hen on a heroic quest to save her farm with Dragon magic. Read full book review >
BOO BOO by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are as simple as the text, and small children will recognize and relate to each story's tiny arc and resolution. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dunrea adds to his almost-twee goose adventures with Peedie, a small yellow gosling and BooBoo, a small blue gosling. Read full book review >
OLLIE by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2003

"Plenty of white space reinforces the simplicity and keeps the focus on the appealing goslings; the large typeface and small trim size make these volumes especially appropriate for the youngest audience. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dunrea's group of cleanly attractive mini-volumes featuring gosling friends Gossie and Gertie grows by two. Read full book review >
IT’S SNOWING! by Olivier Dunrea
FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2002

"Susan Jeffers, 1978) and the more childlike pleasures of Ezra Jack Keats's Snowy Day (1962). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Against a shadowy pine forest at once mysterious and peaceful, a mother—human, or perhaps a sort of forest gnome—introduces her well-swaddled baby to the pleasures of a snowy night. Read full book review >
GOSSIE by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"The potent combination of toddler-appealing story lines and the charismatic charm of the illustrations assure that these smartly clad geese will be marching straight into the hearts of readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A sweet and silly pair of tales about an eccentric gosling and her newfound friend. Read full book review >
BEAR NOEL by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Satisfying to the last wordless page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On Christmas Eve, the one night of the year that all the animals can gather together without fear, the creatures of the north woods await the arrival of Bear Noel. Read full book review >
THE TROW-WIFE'S TREASURE by Olivier Dunrea
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1998

"Lovely art, and an unusual insight, squandered by mediocre storytelling. (glossary) (Picture book. 7-9)"
 Dunrea (The Tale of Hilda Louise, 1996, etc.), in a mode more vague than subtle, tells of kindness magically rewarded; outstanding art is matched to a confusing, unfinished plot. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF HILDA LOUISE by Olivier Dunrea
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1996

"Like Madeline-through-the-looking-glass, the scenes are precise and magical at the same time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
 Her parents having ``disappeared in the Swiss Alps,'' Hilda Louise lives with the other 109 residents of the affectionately named ``Chez Mez Petits Choux orphanage at 97, rue Saint-Julien-le- Pauvre, Paris.'' Through no particular longing or design of her own, Hilda Louise develops a ``newfound talent''—floating. Read full book review >
THE PAINTER WHO LOVED CHICKENS by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1995

 Dignified figures and nearly flat depth of field give the illustrations a flavor of folk art in this story of a city artist who loves to paint chickens, and longs to live on a farm. Read full book review >
THE BROODY HEN by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For a story about a feckless nest-sitter—a book with an impeccable grasp of the rural scene—try Potter's The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. (Picture book. 3-8)"
 Beautifully illustrated and handsomely presented, but a fundamentally wrongheaded book. Read full book review >