Monday, October 24, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday- How Oliver Olson Changed the World

by: Claudia Mills and Heather Maione
Published April 17th 2009 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 2009)

Welcome to a new week!  Today I'm reviewing a book about change.  First take a look at the blurb in Goodreads.

Oliver Olson’s teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won’t let him do anything on his own – not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. Afraid he will become an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver decides to take control of his corner of the universe!

In this irresistible chapter book featuring lively illustrations, Oliver Olson learns that before you can change the world, sometimes you need to change yourself.

This is definitely a book for the younger middle grade set.  Easy to read and understand.  As the blurb stated, Oliver has a problem.  His parents, especially his mom, make all his decisions for him, and Oliver, who doesn't want to rock the boat, lets them.  He finally reaches his limit when his class at school has the opportunity to spend the night in the classroom for a space sleepover for science class. Oliver wants to participate so badly, but can't convince his parents.  With the help of his friend, Crystal, and the planet Pluto, he realizes that people and ideas can change - for the good.

Written with some hilarious scenes involving dioramas of space and family pets, this book is great for boys and girls alike.

For other Marvelous Middle Grade Monday links, check out the list to the right.