Your book is absolutely delightful! It is a modern fable. Very creative! Engaging characters! Thank you for sending a copy to me. I will treasure it. It will be one of the first books I read to my grandaughter, Camilla.
Barbara P. Canavan, Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools
Oliver and his good friend Paul live in the sea on Whale Watching Lane and they have a new neighbor. Dolly has just moved in and meets the cute little clownfish and puffer fish; school has not started yet and the three have a good time together. But things change when they start school and being friends with Dolly may cause a problem because she is different and that may not be cool.
Dolly does not understand the change in the guys, she is still the same dolphin they played with before but now they act like they don’t know her. Oliver starts to feel bad about the way they are treating Dolly, so due to a situation that changes everything he makes his feelings known.
This wonderful illustrated storybook encourages your youngster to read along and learn the valuable lesson that just because someone is different on the outside that one should not treat them differently. Everyone will enjoy this charming book and we are proud to award it five doves and our Dove “Family- Approved” Seal for all ages.
Donna Rolfe, The Dove Foundation
My 3 and 5 year old boys loved this book.
There is a hint of mystery when things start to go missing in Oliver’s classroom that kept my kids interested. Where did the things disappear to? Is someone taking them?
The book deals with the moral issue of stealing in a very age appropriate way. I also liked that it addressed peer pressure (the thief tries to convince Oliver to steal too, and the book addresses the thoughts that go through Oliver’s head as he considers it and ultimately decides to do the right thing. Loved this!)
Also a plus- there is an intro for parents dealing with the issue of stealing, as well as discussion questions at the end of the book. My kids enjoyed talking about them, and it was helpful as a parent to have guidelines to discuss the content in the book.
Overall definitely worth the money, fun to read, and a great message for kids.
M. Sawyer, Glassboro, NJ
This is a delightful book for children to build character. My 7 year old loved it and so does my 3 year old. Since my 7 year old is now getting invited to parties from classmates, he understands that sometimes you may not be invited and this book helped him to learn about disappointment and to learn that mistakes happen. This is a great book for this age group.
K. Miner, Bel Air, MD
Teaching youngsters the importance of friendship can sometimes be a challenge when they are more concerned with being cool.
Author Stephanie Guzman has written a charming tale that will aid parents in dealing with this matter. In the second installment in her delightful Oliver the Clownfish series, Guzman tackles the issue of acting cool.
THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER THE CLOWNFISH: ACTING COOL is both entertaining and educational. The beautiful glossy illustrations by TD will capture youngsters’ attention as they quickly turn the page to see what happens next.
Guzman has created an inspiring series that helps youngsters learn how to deal with difficult situations. She uses her skills as a Reading Specialist to entertain youngsters while they learn. The series is geared toward youngsters ages 6 to 8, but all ages will enjoy it.
The next book in the series will be THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER THE CLOWNFISH: STICKY FINS and the first is THE ADVENTURES OF OLIVER THE CLOWNFISH: INVITATION SLIP-UP. This series is a creative and fun way to help youngsters learn.
Mason Canyon, Blogger
I loved this book! The illustrations are so cute. The many different kinds of fish are so adorable and so colorful. I think this book will help little children discover that maybe they didn’t get the invitation when others did, but it’s not really a reflection of them. I would love to read another book about the adventures of Oliver the clownfish. I hope Stephanie Guzman writes more books about Oliver’s adventures and the trials that are facing children today. Brianne Plach (age 10)
The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish is an excellent book for children who are feeling left out of the fun at parties. It is also a splendid book for beginning readers with its less than 50 words on each two-page spread.
If parents are looking for a fun series that teaches kids vital interpersonal skills, they don’t need to look any further than The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish, a series by author Stephanie Guzman. My youngest daughter (6) and I have read these books, together and separately. She is drawn to the vibrant illustrations provided by P.S. Babu (Invitation Slip-up) and TD (Acting Cool), and the ease with which she can read through them. I, on the other hand, like a story where animal characters display human characteristics and deal with human conflicts. I feel this makes the message of the book easier for children to accept and appreciate. Most of all, though, these are delightful stories that will engage your youngster. I’m sure my daughter and I will be reading The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish again.
Written By: CCGEVRY at TC&TBC