Hey Mommies! I was given the opportunity to review the book, Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat!
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat and corresponding workbooks for free in exchange for my honest review. The following is my 100% honest opinion.
Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat is a book geared for children from birth to 2nd grade. It is written by Lauryn Alyssa Wendus and illustrated by her mother, Lois Wendus.
I was immediately drawn to Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat for 2 main reasons.
1- We also have a cat named Oliver who we found in a field and rescued. Our son loves our Oliver, and I figured he would enjoy a book about another kitty named Oliver.
2- The author wrote this book while recovering from Lyme disease. Writing became her outlet and helped her through her recovery. As an occupational therapist, it is part of my job to help people find activities that aid in their recoveries. I think it’s really awesome that Lauryn found this to help her.
I also really enjoy the big, bright, beautiful pictures and the rhyming story of Oliver Poons. The pictures are sure to grab a child’s attention, and the rhyming story is very cute. The length of the book is just right too. It’s not too long and not too short.
The summary of Oliver Poons is that he’s a cat that enjoys wearing his yellow hat. In the book, he meets Orange Kitty who brings a problem to his attention. Then he meets Myrtle the Turtle who helps him come up with an idea to solve his problem. It’s really a very cute story.
When I first got Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat in the mail, I was very excited to show my 2 1/2 year old son. We read books to him every night before bed, and I was anxious to read him this book.
When I showed him the book and told him it was about a kitty named Oliver, he got excited because it was like our kitty. We actually read it right away, before bed time, and my son was very interested and engaged with the story.
He often gets distracted when reading books during the day, but Oliver Poons kept his attention. (Another reason why the length is just right.) I also think the bright pictures and rhyming story kept him engaged too.
We’ve read Oliver Poons a few more times since, and my son has really enjoyed it. He has even asked to read the book twice in a row, and he rarely asks for a book to be read twice!
My son is learning the story too. Sometimes we like to mess up words on purpose to see if he catches us. With Oliver Poons, we have changed it to “Purple Kitty” or “Green Kitty” instead of Orange Kitty. He’ll laugh and correct us saying, “NO! ORANGE Kitty!”
The workbooks that are available with Oliver Poons and His Bright Yellow Hat, are great! The workbook activities include, rhyming, short vowel sounds, letter writing, reading comprehension, alphabet, fry works, and coloring activities.
The workbooks follow Language Arts Common Core Curriculum for Pre-K through 2nd grade.
I work in a preschool, and I think Oliver Poons and the workbooks would be a great addition to a classroom. Since I’m not a teacher, I’m not totally sure how these would fit in with the curriculum, but the workbooks seem very well done, and just the book itself is great. Just to even talk about the bright colors in the book would be a great learning activity!
If you have any interest in getting yourself a copy of Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat or the workbooks, you can purchase directly from the Oliver Poons website. The book comes in a hardcover or E-Book. You can also purchase Oliver Poons or the workbook from Amazon!
I really think your kiddos would enjoy it! My son sure has!
By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L
Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author HeyMommies.com