So first off, let me just say that I'm pleased as punch and tickled pink to introduce my new little friends to y
This jolly threesome makes their appearance in my very first picture book ever, Oliver's Tree, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2014).
So, what's the story about? Here's the gist of it (quoting from the inside flap of the book cover):
"Oliver, Charlie, and Lulu love to play outside together. Their favorite game is hide-and-seek, but it’s not fun for Oliver when his friends hide in the trees—he can’t reach them! So the friends set off to find a tree that Oliver can play in.
"But there’s a reason we don’t see elephants in trees, and just when Oliver is ready to give up the search, Charlie and Lulu surprise him with the perfect tree for them all to play in together!"
Can't wait to hear what happens next? Want to hear more? Well, you can purchase Oliver's Tree at any bookstore, on amazon.com, or "cough" directly from me, Kit Chase (and if you do, you will get a signed copy, nudge, nudge).
By the way, it looks like I'm not the only one who likes Oliver, Charlie, and Lulu:
From School Library Journal
Praise for Oliver's Tree
STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS:
“Warm, appealing watercolors defined with pen and ink and containing just the right amount of detail show the three friends . . . Young children will root for the three friends, enjoy the mild suspense and delight in the very satisfying ending. As gentle and unassuming as Oliver, this story thoroughly charms.”
“In her debut offering, Chase effectively captures how friendship warms the heart. . . . An excellent story for little ones at bedtime and for sharing anytime with beginning readers.”
FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
“Chase’s crisp, chipper narration never attempts to manipulate readers’ feelings, and her restraint, combined with her subtly expressive characters and the elegant prettiness of her watercolor and ink drawings, lends the book a distinctly British lilt that inoculates it against treacliness. The “Awww” that will all but inevitably accompany the final scene—a rousing game of pirate pretend play—is thoroughly deserved.”
FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
“An adorable elephant, a sweet-faced rabbit, and a pudgy little owl play hide-and-seek in the forest. . . . The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are muted and soft, and the text is spare and sweet. A quiet testament to friendship and creative problem solving.”
FROM SHELF AWARENESS:
“This charming tale of friendship will have children and parents eager for more from first-time author and artist Kit Chase.”