Oliver James is waiting for the bus home after band practice one day when suddenly all his friends run away. After a few more such encounters Oliver sees his own reflection and realizes he’s become a werewolf! Rather than begin frightened, Oliver is thrilled with his new abilities and wants to share with his friends. However, with everyone frightened of him on sight, his joy begins to sour. How can he return home to his parents when they’ll likely be afraid of him too? Luckily, it isn’t a problem as Oliver’s parents are werewolves too!
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books Formats: Hardcover, Paperback Purchase:Amazon
A Werewolf Named Oliver James is an adorable children’s book. The illustrations are simple and charming, and the author kept the palate equally simple with all pictures illustrated in the same limited scheme as the cover of the book. While the book does raise some questions in my adult mind (how did he not see his parents transform before, and why did his parents not have a talk with him about his nature because that just seems like bad parenting), children will enjoy Oliver’s enthusiasm with his new form, and will love the reveal that his parents are werewolves too! This is a charming tale, perfect for Halloween, but is also one that can be read with joy year round.
Whitney Smyth received a Master’s in Book Publishing and Technical Writing at Portland State University, following a Bachelor’s in English at the University of Arizona. She took over ownership of Portland Book Review in December of 2014. She also works as a freelance editor and can be commissioned at Smyth Editorial Services and spends what little free time she has on her own writing. Coming from a family of readers she devours an average of one hundred books a year, in a variety of genres. Her favorite authors are far too numerous to list, but include Alexandre Dumas, Mary Shelley, Jim Butcher, and John Green.
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