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Olivia ... and the Missing Toy    by Ian Falconer order for
Olivia ... and the Missing Toy
by Ian Falconer
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Olivia is riding a camel in Egypt (in her dreams) when life intrudes in the form of a wake-up call from Mom. After soccer practice and time spent playing with the reluctant cat, disaster strikes.

Olivia's toy is missing!! She needs it NOW. Olivia searches EVERYWHERE and interrogates her younger brothers. Later (it's a dark and stormy night of course), she hears an 'awful sound', which gets louder and HORRIBLE. Should she open that closed door? Olivia does, of course, and there's a monster inside ... well, it's a monstrous shadow, which reveals to her the secret of the missing toy.

The story is entertaining and injected with the drama that fills children's everyday lives. Enjoy reading, and acting out, Olivia ... and the Missing Toy together. It's slightly spooky, somewhat mysterious, and fun.

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