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Ollie carries his backpack wherever he goes. Soon enough, it starts to fill up with worries, from his favorite broken toy to his wilted sunflower. Eventually, he starts to feel the weight of his cares. What does Ollie do? He figures out what is too heavy to carry around. As his backpack becomes overly stuffed with woes, Ollie learns to let them go. Be a part of Ollie's hea Ollie carries his backpack wherever he goes. Soon enough, it starts to fill up with worries, from his favorite broken toy to his wilted sunflower. Eventually, he starts to feel the weight of his cares. What does Ollie do? He figures out what is too heavy to carry around. As his backpack becomes overly stuffed with woes, Ollie learns to let them go. Be a part of Ollie's heartening journey toward discovering what cares to hold onto and which ones to let go! Pick up this delightfully illustrated early reader for your little worry wart!


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Ollie carries his backpack wherever he goes. Soon enough, it starts to fill up with worries, from his favorite broken toy to his wilted sunflower. Eventually, he starts to feel the weight of his cares. What does Ollie do? He figures out what is too heavy to carry around. As his backpack becomes overly stuffed with woes, Ollie learns to let them go. Be a part of Ollie's hea Ollie carries his backpack wherever he goes. Soon enough, it starts to fill up with worries, from his favorite broken toy to his wilted sunflower. Eventually, he starts to feel the weight of his cares. What does Ollie do? He figures out what is too heavy to carry around. As his backpack becomes overly stuffed with woes, Ollie learns to let them go. Be a part of Ollie's heartening journey toward discovering what cares to hold onto and which ones to let go! Pick up this delightfully illustrated early reader for your little worry wart!

20 review for Ollie's Backpack

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Ollie takes his backpack everywhere with him. Over time he has learned what he can and cannot carry in it, such as he can’t carry an igloo! One day Ollie has a bad day at school starting with not getting the answer right on a paper, he then gets turned down to share his Granola bar with a friend and a bully breaks his toy plane, though his music lesson is enjoyable and he wins a trophy. Ollie puts all these things and more in his backpack but on the way h Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Ollie takes his backpack everywhere with him. Over time he has learned what he can and cannot carry in it, such as he can’t carry an igloo! One day Ollie has a bad day at school starting with not getting the answer right on a paper, he then gets turned down to share his Granola bar with a friend and a bully breaks his toy plane, though his music lesson is enjoyable and he wins a trophy. Ollie puts all these things and more in his backpack but on the way home, he realises his bag is too heavy and decides to do something about it. I have mixed feelings about Ollie’s Backpack. The story is sweet and is about helping children who worry to work through their worries. It is also illustrated beautifully. However, I felt it went on for too long and that the beginning didn’t really represent the rest of the story about helping children who worry, I just didn’t understand the need to talk about things that wouldn’t fit in the bag, like a moose or a melon, etc. I’m sure children will probably enjoy the first part though but in my opinion, I’d rather the book stuck to dealing with the issue it was written for.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Ollie’s backpack starts out light and filled with outstanding things like paper to make airplanes, pencils and a dragon picture. The story talks about what can go in the backpack and what can’t. For example, a Walrus cannot. Thi had the Royals giggling with laughter. Clayton, three, declared the Walrus, “too big!” Throughout the day, Ollie’s backpack became heavier and heavier. Each thing light or small held weight related to how Ollie felt about them. A broken toy that a bully hit him with, a re Ollie’s backpack starts out light and filled with outstanding things like paper to make airplanes, pencils and a dragon picture. The story talks about what can go in the backpack and what can’t. For example, a Walrus cannot. Thi had the Royals giggling with laughter. Clayton, three, declared the Walrus, “too big!” Throughout the day, Ollie’s backpack became heavier and heavier. Each thing light or small held weight related to how Ollie felt about them. A broken toy that a bully hit him with, a rejected granola bar and a wonky wheel. Sophia, five, quickly became attuned to the unpleasant feelings tied to objects going in the backpack. While I am not sure she understood the full message of this story, it opened the door to talk about them and her retelling assured me she understood in the simplest of terms that carrying the weight of worries everywhere isn’t good and that we can control how much we allow ourselves to carry. Perfect for your bookshelf or classroom through Ollie’s Backpack offers an opportunity for discussion. What worries does your little one carry? The answers might surprise you. Age Range: 5 – 7 years Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2 This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You can’t help but identify with, and enjoy the company of Ollie. Hopefully this experience will be shared with the children who read his books with you. The clear text and bright illustrations add to the overall happiness this book gives. Ollie though soon finds he’s struggling to take his backpack everywhere as it moves from being a resource with paper, pencils and crayons, to a burden. The trouble is he can’t ration his use of the backpack; it quickly becomes a dumping place for all his things You can’t help but identify with, and enjoy the company of Ollie. Hopefully this experience will be shared with the children who read his books with you. The clear text and bright illustrations add to the overall happiness this book gives. Ollie though soon finds he’s struggling to take his backpack everywhere as it moves from being a resource with paper, pencils and crayons, to a burden. The trouble is he can’t ration his use of the backpack; it quickly becomes a dumping place for all his things and items he finds along the way. From the ease of tearing around, running up and down the hills he finds his bag is weighing him down and transform to an illustration of carrying around his troubles and worries. I loved that this remains a story and Ollie never ceases to be a boy. So if he wants something it goes into his backpack. ( I can think of some female relatives whose handbags contain everything and beyond a man’s creative imagination. ). I know I should not be sexiest so I will bring a male perspective. ( In the Eiger Sanction, Clint Eastwood plays a mountaineer in his preparation he climbs a tower in the USA desert with a friend. Once at the flat top the agree they could do with a cold beer. His friends asks, Who would be stupid to struggle up this climb with the extra weight?” Clint says you, he had put two in his friend’s backpack before the climb.) . I loved that Ollie sits down by an old tree and watches an animal struggling with more nuts than he can carry. This then is a life lesson for Ollie and we can similarly learn about easing our own burdens and setting aside those things that weigh us down. A clear message, linked with a gentle, happy boy who became overburden and found the means to turn things around into positive actions. I enjoyed sharing the book with my younger ones and being reminded of this basic attitude to be more relaxed and carefree.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    This was a great book to read with my son. A creative way to show kids that you don't have to carry all your worries and burdens around with you all the time. Ollie has to learn how to problem solve, adapt and let go. All of these messages are crucial lessons for kids, but even more so now given the new world of coronavirus that kids have to adapt to. My only negative was the talking tree, that part of the story somewhat threw us. Other than that, this is a delightful childrens book. Loved the i This was a great book to read with my son. A creative way to show kids that you don't have to carry all your worries and burdens around with you all the time. Ollie has to learn how to problem solve, adapt and let go. All of these messages are crucial lessons for kids, but even more so now given the new world of coronavirus that kids have to adapt to. My only negative was the talking tree, that part of the story somewhat threw us. Other than that, this is a delightful childrens book. Loved the illustrations. My thanks to the the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    Ollie is a happy school kid with a vivid imagination, who carries his trusty backpack with him all the time. The backpack is as light and carefree as Ollie is, until a bad day at and after school finds the young boy tossing extras into it (a paper with a bad grade, an extra granola bar his classmate turned down, a wheel broken off his bike, a dried-up sunflower he'd been trying to grow) - each item metaphorically representing a burden - a letdown - Ollie has taken on his own shoulders emotionall Ollie is a happy school kid with a vivid imagination, who carries his trusty backpack with him all the time. The backpack is as light and carefree as Ollie is, until a bad day at and after school finds the young boy tossing extras into it (a paper with a bad grade, an extra granola bar his classmate turned down, a wheel broken off his bike, a dried-up sunflower he'd been trying to grow) - each item metaphorically representing a burden - a letdown - Ollie has taken on his own shoulders emotionally. Even a singing trophy he's just won - great news! -- still only weighs down his already overburdened backpack, and when Ollie finally rests under the shade of a huge tree, his backpack so heavy now he needs a breather, it's there the frowning kid gets his sunshine back, when he learns that sometimes you just have to let things go (both physically and emotionally) - even find the right place for the good things, like a shiny new trophy - if you want to keep your load (and step) light. It's a big, kind of heady topic for a picture book for early readers, but author Riya Aarini and illustrator Virvalle Carvallo create a wonderful, upbeat spirit in Ollie and his world via colorful, lively illustrations and talking animals and trees that help steer Ollie in the right direction. While some parents might feel the message a bit over the heads of real young kids, the fact Aarini doesn't talk down to her readers makes the book perfect for parents and their children to interact and discuss the message of knowing when to release life's burdens that lies within these pages. (Available July 12) 3.5/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Some days seem doomed to be filled with disappointment and bad luck from the beginning. This was such a poetic and thoughtful picture book. Some of the imagery in it made me laugh because of how creative it was. Other scenes made me pause and think of the ways I’ve been guilty of carrying negative experiences around with me longer than I should have. I truly enjoyed seeing how everything unfolded. There was a lot of food for thought included in this storyline, and it showed. As beautiful as the wr Some days seem doomed to be filled with disappointment and bad luck from the beginning. This was such a poetic and thoughtful picture book. Some of the imagery in it made me laugh because of how creative it was. Other scenes made me pause and think of the ways I’ve been guilty of carrying negative experiences around with me longer than I should have. I truly enjoyed seeing how everything unfolded. There was a lot of food for thought included in this storyline, and it showed. As beautiful as the writing was, I do think it would have benefitted from a clearer explanation of how the things Ollie carried around in his backpack were related to what other children who read about his adventures might worry about. I understood the metaphor well, but I did wonder if the age group it was written for would have the same reaction to it. One additional page of explanation would have been more than enough to drive the narrator’s point home in my opinion. The ending was well-written. I liked seeing how Ollie reacted to all of the disappointing and hard things that happened to him on this day. Honestly, I would have been just as frustrated as he was if I were in his shoes, so it was interesting to see what he learned from these experiences and how he decided to respond to them. I’d recommend Ollie’s Backpack to any young, or not so young, reader who carries worries around with them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Portia

    I can’t believe I didn’t pick up this book earlier! I was searching for a happy book (given these times) and Riya’s book was simply that! It brings a big, cheerful smile on your face. This is my second book by Riya. Her first book Nilay’s wish (https://ideasflyhigh.com/2019/12/04/nilays-wish/) was also a heart-warming book about a kid searching for a perfect gift for his mom. She can skillfully capture the child-like emotions and then weave them into a beautiful story. Ollie’s backpack is a metap I can’t believe I didn’t pick up this book earlier! I was searching for a happy book (given these times) and Riya’s book was simply that! It brings a big, cheerful smile on your face. This is my second book by Riya. Her first book Nilay’s wish (https://ideasflyhigh.com/2019/12/04/nilays-wish/) was also a heart-warming book about a kid searching for a perfect gift for his mom. She can skillfully capture the child-like emotions and then weave them into a beautiful story. Ollie’s backpack is a metaphorical narrative of a child carrying too much weight (or worry) on his shoulders. Ollie’s backpack is for the people, who while travelling life’s journey forget the basics of life. The book is a sweet reminder for adults to be gratuitous and not pick up all the worries that come their way. Sometimes, we need to let them go. For kids, it’s one of the most significant lessons we can teach them. One thing that will certainly capture your attention is the graphics of the books. It’s so enticing that you cannot help but turn the pages. This book is highly recommended for all age groups. It should be on your bookshelf as a reminder of marvellous things in life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina R Mitchell

    Ollie's Backpack by Riya Aarini is a fitting book for today's troubling times. Children often know there is something wrong around them but are unsure of what it is and how to deal with it. Whether it is stress in the family, the world, school, or a general unease over the many changes we are dealing with as a society, children pick up on the negative vibes. Aarini's story is entertaining for young children, yet subtly teaches them how to lay down some of the worrisome burdens on their small shou Ollie's Backpack by Riya Aarini is a fitting book for today's troubling times. Children often know there is something wrong around them but are unsure of what it is and how to deal with it. Whether it is stress in the family, the world, school, or a general unease over the many changes we are dealing with as a society, children pick up on the negative vibes. Aarini's story is entertaining for young children, yet subtly teaches them how to lay down some of the worrisome burdens on their small shoulders.  Even my young grandson is worried because "the whole world is sick" (2020 Pandemic), so I have first-hand knowledge that kids are aware of what's happening around them. To be honest, I could use a little lesson in removing worries myself. So maybe this little book has lessons for us all. As for the story itself, the wording is well-paced for an early reader or listener. The exceptional illustrations by Virvalle Carvallo bring the story to life. I found this first book in the Carefree Ollie series a delightful book, that I am happy to recommend to everyone. 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina Athaide

    In this picture book, Ollie carries his backpack with him everywhere. Inside, he puts things that are interesting, tiny, useful, and connected to his world. Things like a school paper, his Granola bar, and his toy plane. As time goes on, his backpack becomes too heavy and he decides to do something about it. Whereby lightening his load and lessening his worries. Merits: This is a sweet story with lovely illustrations that school aged children will find relatable. Shortcoming: The transition from t In this picture book, Ollie carries his backpack with him everywhere. Inside, he puts things that are interesting, tiny, useful, and connected to his world. Things like a school paper, his Granola bar, and his toy plane. As time goes on, his backpack becomes too heavy and he decides to do something about it. Whereby lightening his load and lessening his worries. Merits: This is a sweet story with lovely illustrations that school aged children will find relatable. Shortcoming: The transition from the beginning of the book where Ollie talks about things that don't fit in his backpack to the rest of the book, his worries, doesn't quite flow smoothly where everything is connected. Some students may not make the connections without some guidance. Verdict: I would add this to a school library or Kindergarten-2nd classroom. It would make a good read aloud with some discussion to guide students in understanding the role Ollie's backpack plays in his life and how it is connected to his worries. Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for providing me an e-ARC.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The choice of words in this book was at some parts very playful, with made-up words and sounds, love it. The bit of humor that was sometimes behind it was fun too, I can see kids laughing about someone trying to fit an igloo in a backpack. A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks How the story unfolded wasn't clear to me at first. It looked like Ollie was ready for a new day to fill up his backpac Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The choice of words in this book was at some parts very playful, with made-up words and sounds, love it. The bit of humor that was sometimes behind it was fun too, I can see kids laughing about someone trying to fit an igloo in a backpack. A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks How the story unfolded wasn't clear to me at first. It looked like Ollie was ready for a new day to fill up his backpack, but then I thought that his backpack was already full and then a tree and animal started talking, so I was a bit confused.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Jones

    This is a book that will actually engage adults whilst reading it to their children. I was reading it to my son, and he sat there quietly and listened to the story. The illustrations were great, and tied into the story to perfection. The underlying messages of unloading troubles and not to carry them around with you, I thought was put across numerous times but not in a horrible repetitive way. It would highlight to a child of not everything has to be kept hold of, and can be shared with others.. This is a book that will actually engage adults whilst reading it to their children. I was reading it to my son, and he sat there quietly and listened to the story. The illustrations were great, and tied into the story to perfection. The underlying messages of unloading troubles and not to carry them around with you, I thought was put across numerous times but not in a horrible repetitive way. It would highlight to a child of not everything has to be kept hold of, and can be shared with others.. In summary, a well written and thought out book for children. This review is based on a free digital ARC copy provided by NetGalley. My views are provided based on the book content only.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    Ollie’s Backpack, while relatable to every school-age child, is distinctive. Ollie independently finds solutions to his many worries, which demonstrates his growing agency. Ollie’s successful problem-solving skills and choice to let go serve to inspire young readers. This is a story with cute illustrations and is quite engaging . **Thankyou Netgalley and publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz

    This is a very cute book and I'm glad that I received it! If this was still a normal school year I would read this to my class. I sure wish I could because they would love it! I love getting children's book to review because I get to share them with the children in my class during storytime. *Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a very cute book and I'm glad that I received it! If this was still a normal school year I would read this to my class. I sure wish I could because they would love it! I love getting children's book to review because I get to share them with the children in my class during storytime. *Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I would love to give feedback on this book, but the copy I received from Net Galley does not have any words in it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

  18. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

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