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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Ollie is an inspirational children’s tale written and illustrated by Krista Scott. One morning after waking from his sleep, Ollie the Ghost Crab scuttles down to the ocean to eat and drink. As Ollie collects some beautiful seashells which have washed ashore, he is grabbed by a hungry seagull which flies Ollie far from home. With all of his might, Ollie fights and the seagull drops him, landing the crab in a garbage can. A raccoon discovers Ollie and tries to eat him but again, Ollie escapes. As he meets new friends while trying to make his way home, a human boy finds Ollie in a sandpit at the local park. The boy’s grandfather recognizes what type of crab Ollie is and knows what has to be done.
First of all, without a doubt this is one of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books which has ever passed through my hands. Not only is Krista Scott an incredible illustrator, but her story-telling abilities are just as descriptive, enabling me to fully see Ollie’s adventure come to life inside my mind as the story unfolds. The tale shows the reader that in Nature there are not only predators of smaller animals, but also friends who are willing to help in any way to make sure the journey home is safe. Being raised by the sea on Australia's eastern coast in Gubbi Gubbi country, I truly took delight in this tale of adventure which is set by the ocean, as it brought back so many wonderful memories of the tiny crabs which would crawl over the sand to find a decent meal, before returning to the holes they call home. I wholeheartedly recommend Ollie to be read by young readers who are interested in the lives of species different to their own, as well as by adults with younger children.