By William Joyce
Best-selling children’s author William Joyce, creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians series, once again manages to enchant us with a classic tale of a boy and his favorite toy. Ollie, handmade by Billy’s mother and more than just a little too well-loved, is a special toy, “a toy who will matter.” Ollie attains the pinnacle of toy status, when he becomes Billy’s favorite. After Ollie is abducted by an evil and resentful clown toy, Zozo, he must launch a harrowing escape, while six-and-a-half-year-old Billy courageously sets out to find and rescue his beloved stuffed toy.
Joyce captures that innocence of childhood – with all of its wonder, magic and adventure. He has a way of creating stories that capture his reader’s heart, imagination, and attention, with vivid imagery, and characters we love reading about. Reviewed by staff