Book Information
Rating: Outstanding
Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Judith Rossell
Publisher: Harper
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780062022103
Pages: 32

Oliver is a little boy who loves to know how things work: how things fly, how fish breathe underwater, if a penguin could live in his fridge. One day he decides to explore what makes the gurgling sound in the drains, so he builds a submarine and travels down the drain where he finds a group of penguins, all loudly slurping their drinks. He plays with them all day, but when it gets dark, Oliver wants to go home because he knows his mom will miss him. With the help of the penguins, he makes it back up the drain and to the arms of his loving mom.

Filled with adorable pictures and a creative story, this book is sure to grab the interest of a little one. For little explorers who want to know the 'why' behind things, sometimes it can be hard to hear “no” to things they want to do, but this book shows that parents do things because they care. And in the end, what matters most to the kids is not that they were allowed to do everything they wanted to, but that they had someone there who loves them and who will miss them if they don’t come home. Oliver is a sweet story about exploration, curiosity, and coming home.