Mirror Image! Ollie's Valentine by Olivier Dunrea
OLLIE WANTS A VALENTINE.
Gossie got her valentine from Gertie. But Gossie and Gertie don't have a valentine for Ollie.
Little Ollie's feathers are ruffled. Everyone he meets has a valentine, everyone but him. Gertie has one from BooBoo, BooBoo has one from Peedie, and Peedie has one from Gideon. Nobody has one for Ollie.
Ollie doesn't like the way this day is going.
"WHO WILL BE MY VALENTINE?" HE HONKS.
But in Olivier Dunrea's latest about his little flock of ducklings and goslings in his beloved Gossie and Friends series, Ollie's Valentine (Gossie & Friends) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) there is an, um, reflective surprise on the final page which will allow every little reader to be Ollie's Valentine. With its shiny, sparkly valentines and the wistful little gosling on the cover, this bright board book catches the pathos of Ollie's anxiety about being left out on Valentine's Day in Dunrea's signature illustrative style, spot art centered on bright white pages, sturdy and easily manipulated by small fingers and with skillfully designed drawings which almost tell the story on their own.