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The power of imagination and the strength of friendship is celebrated in this Kate Greenaway shortlisted and Amnesty Endorsed book from a rising star of picture book making. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and endorsed by Amnesty International, this is the story of Oliver - who's just a little bit different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver's day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight and treasures to find! But maybe toys don't always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised...
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Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Birgitta Sif lived in and around Scandanavia and America while growing up. She completed her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer in New York before enrolling on Anglia Ruskin's Illustration MA course in Cambridge. Her debut picture book, Oliver, won the Icelandic Dimmalimm Prize, was endorsed by Amnesty and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Birgitta lives with her family in Sweden. Find her online at and on twitter as @birgittasif.


an excellent debut ... understated text and quirky illustration packed with detail combine to make this book a delight * Bookseller * There are many quirky details to enjoy...what a lovely introduction to irony for infants * The SL * A charming story . . . Sif's visual style is distinctive and new -- Lorna Bradbury * The Telegraph * One of my all-time favourite picture books. The illustrations are stunning and I could lose myself in them over and over again . . . it is a celebration of the strength of friendship, the joys of the imagination and above all it tells us that it's ok to be different * Bath Chronicle * A book to celebrate the power of the imagination and the value of friendship - and to remind us that we are all born free - this quirky, thoughtful and fun read will appeal to even the dizziest of daydreamers. -- Nicky Parker * Amnesty International *

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