Title: Ollie’s Odyssey
Author: William Joyce
Page Count: 295
Ollie is a stuffed rabbit who was made for the little boy named Billy. Billy and Ollie have been together ever since Billy was born and he is his favorite toy. But the old clown Zozo, who lives at an abandoned carnival, kidnaps all the ‘favorite’ toys because he has never been a favorite. So when Billy takes Ollie to a wedding, and Ollie is kidnapped, Billy seeks out to find his favorite toy while Ollie tries to save all the other kidnapped favorites.
This story was so heartwarming and definitely had some inspiration from The Velveteen Rabbit and possibly Toy Story. Billy and Ollie are the perfect combination while they go on ‘adventures’ together. I originally bought this book in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet (coincidence?) and I was drawn to it by the art style. The illustrations are so beautiful and are probably some of my favorites that I have ever seen in a book. With that being said, some of the art may be a little scary to younger kids. Zozo the clown is pretty frightening to look at but it’s not like he is on every page.