Saturday, April 25, 2009
Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Sometimes you live far away from someone you love and wish you could visit them. Tamika in this story misses her Uncle and begs to either visit him or have her uncle visit her, neither of which is an option. Her uncle devises a way to send a visitor to her and so begins the adventures of Oliver K. Woodman, a life size man made of wood. Her uncle sets him outside his door with Tamika’s address and hopes that someone will take Oliver along for the ride and eventually allow him to make his way to Tamika. Oliver embarks on a trip narrated by postcards that people send to the Uncle detailing where they met him and their experiences together. Poor Oliver is even abandoned at one point but thankfully many people allow this unusual hitchhiker to come along for the ride. Oliver finds his way to Tamika and then Tamika and Oliver find their way to her Uncle.