A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year!
Meet Olga, the amazing child scientist who LOVES animals (because they are super-cute)! Brightly put this heavily illustrated don't-miss book on their "Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds."
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is jam-packed with fun: vibrant illustrations, word bubbles, quirky humor, olgamus facts, and plenty of excitement for readers who love making discoveries and meeting new friends. Olga is a charming combination of independent, curious, and smart—making her the coolest girl scientist around—perfect for fans of Dork Diaries and Captain Underpants.
When Olga crosses paths with a weird creature and becomes the first kid to discover the species olgamus ridiculus, she is ecstatic! What does an olgamus eat? How does it poop? Why does its burp sound like the word rubber? With her trusty observation notebook and the help of a librarian, a shopkeeper, and some friends, Olga sets out to do science—learning the facts about her smelly, almost-furry pal and searching for him when he goes missing. The scientific method is the best way to discover anything!
In this offbeat illustrated chapter book, Gravel (The Great Antonio) lets readers peer into the "observation notebook" of a girl named Olga, who adores animals but is none too keen on people. Her best friend is a spider named Rita who lives under the bathroom sink, and her archenemies are her girly neighbors Shalala and Farla, devoted readers of Twerp Girl magazine. The discovery of an odd, smelly creature that looks "like a cross between an inflated hamster and a potato drawn by a three-year-old" gets this "scientist-in-training" working observational overtime. Researching the creature she dubs Meh fills Olga's days with purpose and her notebook with hilarious quips ("He doesn't like it when I put a sock on his head.... He's really scared of bananas"), which Gravel captures in her signature brand of chunky cartooning, accented with red. Readers will get lots of laughs out of the steady stream of gross-out jokes, as well as Olga's misanthropic humor, though her attitude toward humans softens slightly by book's end. Ages 8 12.