Title: Odds on Oliver (A Young Puffin)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Condition: Good
Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0140361251I3N10
Synopsis: All Oliver wants is to be a hero--but he's having a hard time being heroic. From the day U. Crumm, the biggest eater in town, falls on top of him, everything goes wrong. Held hostage in a stick-up, caught up a tree, sprayed by a skunk, Oliver feels heroics are out of his reach. Don't bet on it--after all, it's odds on Oliver!
From Kirkus Reviews: Greene's first foray into humorous fiction for a younger audience than her popular series about Al and Isabelle. Since preschool, Oliver has had one ambition--to be a hero. Now he's finished fourth grade and is still trying, but misses his chances in one misadventure after another until, on the Fourth of July, his dog chokes on a chicken bone and he's able to save her with the Heimlich maneuver. The book as a whole is sitcom-like--slick and fast-paced, with lots of action and little depth, and without the serious touches that distinguished A Girl Called Al (1969)--while Oliver lacks Al's memorable quirkiness. A graceless caricature of a fat person, U. Crumm, the town clerk, who literally has to be hoisted off a restaurant floor after consuming six helpings of chili and seven of pie, and then slipping on an ice cube, seems unfortunate. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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