From the creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians of Childhood comes a grand adventure of valor, friendship, and a look into the mysterious world of favorite toys.
In the secret realm of toys, there are many mysteries.
There is the Code of the Toys, which is as ancient as childhood.
There’s also the magic of becoming a child’s favorite, the highest honor in the Toy World.
Made by hand by Billy’s mother, Ollie is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” He becomes Billy’s best friend, confidant, pal, and yes, Billy’s “favorite.”
But there are villains in the Toy World, and Zozo, the clown king, is the most feared. He and his toy henchman (the Creeps) have sworn to steal and imprison favorite toys until they forget their children and become forever lost.
When Ollie is toynapped, Billy must rescue his beloved favorite from Zozo’s subterranean lair in the old Carnival Place, past the park, through the woods, and into the night.
Never has a journey of ten blocks been more epic.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Violence: Ollie gets taken captive by the forgotten toys, and there is a battle between them near the end of the story.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
You might ask your child how they enjoyed this illustrated chapter book compared to non-illustrated.
Discuss with your child how Ollie’s bravery, hope, and loyalty help him to defeat the odds and find his way back to his owner.
Ollie’s Odyssey takes you into the world of toys and will awaken the child within you. I love the sweet character of Ollie, and his determination to find his owner, Billy, even when he’s lost and in unknown territory. He never gives up and braves the villain of the toy world, King Zozo, saving many toys along the way! One of my favorite parts about the book is the illustrations. William Joyce has such a different, beautiful style. As a parental note, the villain of the Toy World (a clown toy) has a small army of broken, forgotten toys that imprison Ollie. They have a little war at the end between the good and bad toys (the good toys escape) that might be a little scary to young kids.
William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys, Rolie Polie Olie, Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.