Olive, the Other Reindeer
Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants
Olive is merrily preparing for Christmas when suddenly she realizes “Olive… the other Reindeer… I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!” So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone’s Christmas merry.You won’t understand the premise of this book if you’ve never sung “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” so let’s start there. The carol begins, “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer / had a very shiny nose / and if you ever saw it, / You would even say it glows / All of the other reindeer / used to laugh and call him names / They never let poor Rudolph / join in any reindeer games.” If you notice that “all of the other reindeer” sounds suspiciously like “Olive, the other reindeer,” you’ve discovered the source of Olive’s adventures! Olive is a dog. But when she hears this holiday tune, a bit of an identity crisis sets in. She decides she must be a reindeer and heads to the North Pole to see if she can join Santa’s reindeer team.
Olive gets to the North Pole just in time. Comet (the biggest reindeer) uses a piece of extra ribbon to tie Olive to the reindeers’ elaborate harness system. As the sleigh rose high in the sky, “Olive was surprised it was so easy to fly.” (The sight of a dog dangling beneath Santa’s sleigh will reduce readers to charmed giggles.) Despite Olive’s lack of flying ability and the unfortunate mishap caused by the reindeers’ distraction, she, in her inherent dogginess, proves to be useful as both a flute retriever and a cookie smeller.
J. otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh have written and illustrated four splendid books for children: Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride, Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, Monkey Business, and Free Lunch. Publisher’s Weekly’s assessment of the creators’ work in Free Lunch also rings true for Olive, the Other Reindeer: “Seibold and Walsh specialize in street-smart art and convoluted story-lines … Seibold’s illustration style [is] a sort of cubism for the ’90s. His computer-generated, airbrush-smooth characters resemble digital icons, but their asymmetrical quality lends them a hand-drawn warmth. The spreads are abuzz with comical details.” This very silly, endearing book is sure to delight your favorite kids–and adults, too. (All ages)