I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Me, Oliver Bright by Megan de Kantzow
Published by Omnibus Books on 2009
Genres: fiction, picture book
Source: ARC received from publisher
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When Oliver Bright has a project to do on his family, he finds out just how much life has changed since his grandpa and dad were young. A warm-hearted look at families and memory, and the adventure of growing up - no matter when you were born.
Presented as a school project, this is the story of Oliver Bright and his family. Comparing Oliver’s life with the experiences of his father and grandfather growing up, Me, Oliver Bright shows just how much life in Australia has changed over the past three generations and also compares the country childhood of Oliver’s grandfather and father with his own life in the city.
The appearance of this book is very appealing. It has all the features of a primary school project – pictures that seem to be attached with sticky-tape, corrected misspellings, crayon drawings, and rainbow colours in the handwritten text. I especially like the way Oliver writes his address: Sydney, Australia, the World, the galaxy, the Universe. I can remember writing something similar in the notebook myself as a child.
This is a lovely book for kids. It’s bright, fun and appealing as well as being a great summary of some of the lifestyle changes in Australia over the past 50 – 60 years.
I was excited to receive Me, Oliver Bright for review. I met Megan de Kantzow years ago when we were both living in the same country town. At the time, I didn’t realise that she was an author and I was delighted several years later to find her name on the cover of a children’s picture book, Just you Wait, at my local library.
Although Just you Wait didn’t appeal to me particularly, it was a CBC Notable Book for 2005 and is included in both the NSW and SA Premier’s Reading Challenge. I have found Me, Oliver Bright to be a much more interesting and engaging story and I look forward to this book receiving similar recognition.by