Reading is such an important thing to do with your kids. Not only does it teach them, but it also helps their imaginations to grow as they are whisked away to magical worlds. We not only read at bedtime, but also throughout the day. Our shelves are filled with books of every size and color, and tell all manner of wonderful tales. That’s why I was delighted to have the chance to review two lovely books: The Adventures of Oliver Poons Dreaming in Color, and Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat. The series is written by Lauryn Alyssa Wendus and illustrated by Lois Wendus. The character Oliver Poons was inspired by Wendus’ cat, Oliver, whom she adopted from an animal rescue group in Connecticut. Wendus is donating a portion of all proceeds to help cats in animal shelters.
Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat follows Mr. Poons, an adorable little white cat, as he shows off his beloved yellow hat to Orange Kitty. Orange Kitty quickly tells Mr. Poons that it’s silly and hats are not meant for cats. After pondering this, he meets a new friend who helps him realize that there’s nothing wrong with him wearing a hat and in doing so teaches him that he should just be himself.
The Adventures of Oliver Poons Dreaming in Color finds Mr. Poons ready for bed, yet unable to sleep because the colors have disappeared from his dreams and all that remains are black and white. He looks to his friend Orange Kitty to help him out. Orange Kitty saves the day by helping Mr. Poons rediscover all the colors, enabling him to drift off to a sweet slumber.
We really enjoyed reading both books as each had their own moral or lessons to learn. The cute artwork kept my son interested, as did the catchy rhymes. Lovely reads indeed!
Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat shows kids that being different is a good thing and that they should just be themselves. Mr. Poons didn’t listen to Orange Kitty when he told him that cats don’t wear hats because they can’t hear while wearing them. Instead, Mr. Poons found a way to make the hat work for him after meeting a turtle named Myrtle. I liked that it showed how being different isn’t a bad thing, and that we each need to stand out as we like. If we want to wear something that someone else may think is odd, then we should do it because that’s who we are. Uniqueness is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. Mr. Poons didn’t let others dictate who he is, and that’s a wonderful moral to instill in children.
Dreaming in Color is a wonderful way to teach kids their colors. Big, bright illustrations draw in readers as they are taken on a journey from grey to color-filled dreams. With each page comes a new color as Orange Kitty quizzes Mr. Poons – “What color is your nose?” “Pink! The same as my toes!” It’s a cute story that is both entertaining and educational.
The Bottom Line
Both Mr. Poons books are wonderful tales that are sure to capture kids’ imaginations. The cute artwork is lively and large, and both books teach something important: being different is a good thing, and colors. We thoroughly enjoyed these tales and are excited to add them to our collection. Appropriate for ages birth to 6 years old.
Where to Find Them
You can order the books from Oliver Poons and can even choose to have a copy signed by the author with a special note to your child. As a bonus, you can also select which animal welfare organization will receive part of the proceeds from your purchase.
* I was given these books for review and ffiliate links may be used, however all opinions are my own.