- Book: Oliver’s Moving Day
- Author: Vicky Sluiter
- Genre: Children’s book
- Release Date: December 3, 2019
It’s moving day, and five-year-old Oliver is excited for the adventure ahead. He is full of questions as, along with big sister Edith, Mommy, and Daddy, Oliver moves from The Big City to The Country.
He has never been to The Country and has only seen pictures in his books. What will it be like? Where will they live? Will there be lots of people and tall buildings? Join Oliver and his family as they wave goodbye to The Big City and journey through the suburbs and into The Country. Will Oliver have his questions answered? Read along and find out!
There are not many picture books that help ease the transition to a new house for little kids. Just seeing the process can be comforting. We hear that Oliver’s toys are packed into the large yellow moving van to go to his new home. That is an important thing for young children to realize that they will see their toys again.
My toddler loved this book. He asked me to read it multiple times. My daughter, almost in third grade, is too old for this book in her estimation but listened. My son loved the large yellow moving van.
I really like that Oliver’s Moving Day is not too long. There are only twelve pages to read, each with its own picture, just the right length for short attention spans like mine. All the scenes are essential without added fluff.
I love that we see Oliver’s emotions too regarding the change in scenery. There are no friends left behind in the story though and no certainty about new ones so if that is important to your child you may need to discuss this scenario together.
This story flows well. It could benefit from breaking up paragraphs for children who read it themselves. It’s a cute story!
Oliver’s Moving Day could provide help for children…
*moving to a new home (obviously 😊)
*have a hard time with change in general
*needing to learn to wait for something to happen
*who have never been to a large city (the countryside) to see some of the differences
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.
About the Author
Vicky Sluiter has had a passion for reading since she was four years old. She started with the back of cereal boxes and moved on to everything else, including books, magazines, and t-shirts. As a wife and mom, gramma to five boys, and the proud owner of a bearded dragon named Elliott, she has learned what boys like Oliver want to read. You can follow Vicky’s blog and book reviews at vickysluiter.com.
More from Vicky
I love writing children’s fiction because children are so much fun. So lively and expressive. You never really know what will happen when a child is involved but usually it will involve laughter. I have five grandsons so have experienced this many times over the years. The boys are ages 5 yrs to 14 yrs. Being at different stages the house is full of fun when they are all together. The youngest adores the oldest, and it’s reciprocated even if he won’t admit it. The middle three enjoy hanging together and getting into mischief. This Gramma loves every second of it!
The idea for a little guy on a farm was birthed when I was taking classes in writing fiction for children 30 years ago. I grew up on a hobby farm in farm country so the setting was pretty natural for me. And all the neighbors were boys so that’s what I’m used to. I could drive a tractor and bale hay right along with them.
Having Oliver move from The Big City to The Country was inspired by my three youngest grandsons. That’s what they did and when they come to visit me they get excited to see the tall buildings in The Big City. And yes, they actually use that phrase. They are thoroughly convinced that Oliver’s Moving Day was written about them. In a way it was!
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream. It was temporarily set aside, but in the right season it bubbled to the top again. Never let go of your dreams!
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