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Oliver and Patch


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From the bestselling author of the ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS series and award-winning illustrator Kate Hindley comes a lovely new adventure.

Oliver is finding the big city a lonely and scary place but when he finds a little lost dog he makes his first friend in the city.
The trouble is, he knows that somewhere out there someone is missing the little dog just as much as he is loving having him, So, with a heavy heart, Oliver sets about doing the right thing.

"Anyone, really, would enjoy this lovely friendship story." The Bookbag
"Kate Hindley's absolutely gorgeous illustrations take kids on a whimsical adventure" Kids' Book Review

A beautifully told story with a lovely, uplifting ending that will warm hearts everywhere.

Praise for The Great Snortle Hunt :
'Kate Hindley is a newcomer in the picture book world but definitely one to watch. Her style is sleek and child-friendly, with plenty of detail throughout.' Armadillo
'This charmingly illustrated book is guaranteed to make reading time extra exciting.' Creative Steps
'Will delight young readers. The beautiful illustrations by Kate Hindley are modern and scenic...a real treat for word lovers of all ages.' We Love this Book
'Young readers will love the build-up of excitement... Freedman knows what children like and her words are well-matched by Hindley's spikey images' Books for Keeps

Praise for Claire Freedman's Underpants series:
'Will make kids laugh' The Sun
'This fantastic rhyming story [...] is simply pantastic!' Galaxy British Book Awards 2008
'Daft and absurdly amusing book.' Prima Baby & Pregnancy

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24th October '16
I read it to DaisyPaling aged 4 aged 4
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
5 stars
Beautiful story! Perfect for bedtime. Has a lovely story about a boy and a lost dog. Really good for sharing feelings and talking about how the boy is feeling and how the ending of the story makes you feel. It's also a good story to share if you've recently moved and maybe your child is feeling lonely. It'll certainly help them with their feelings. I love this story, it'll be read often. 
2nd August '15
I read it to Scatty Noo aged 5 aged 5 & to Fifi aged 3 aged 3
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
5 stars
We are hooked on Oliver and Patch at the moment! Bright and beautifully illustrated, the cover jumped out at us when we took it out the jiffy bag. The initial glance at this book cover screams READ ME NOW!  It's Eleanor's favourite book at the moment (Elenor is 3 1/2). She loves the illustrated patch and wants to swap our dog leo for him sayings he's much cuter!  Oliver finds patch after he has broken free. His red lead is trailing on the ground. He spends the day with patch having lots of fun but when he takes him home at the end of the day Patch lookds sad. Oliver knows he must do the right thing so he puts up posters trying to trace Patch's owner. He hears nothing back until one day, while walking past a park Patch breaks free and runs up to a little girl dressed in red looking sad on a swing.  It turns out the little girl is Patch's owner and has been very sad without him!  Eleanor was sad that Patch would have to leave Oliver but I explaine that if Leo, our dog ran away we would be very sad and would want him back! Eleanor agreed.  The story had a happy ending, Oliver spent the day with Ruby and Patch and they agreed they would visit each other all the time!   A great story with a hidden lesson that you shouldn't keep something that isn't yours!
25th February '15
BBear07 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Thank you for this lovely book I have read it a lot!    I love that the illustrations have so much detail. I see something new each time I look. Like the I tire on the train where the man is reading z paper with a missing sign for patch on it and the windows in the city pictures with lots going on in them.    I love that the lovely boy found a new friend, and found the pages on what Oliver and patch got up to funny (especially 'watering the garden'!!)     My 5 year old brother loves the story and pictures too and his favourite part is when the boy meets a new friend too.
30th April '17
I read it to Oliver0907 aged 9 months aged 0
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
5 stars
Gorgeous story and a great length for bedtime! Follows the story of Oliver who has recently moved into the city and is very lonely. He comes across a lost dog, Patch, and they become very good friends, but Oliver knows that he can't keep Patch as his owner will be missing him. A lovely little story of friendship, love and I do particularly love the use of smilies throughout the book! Very good morals to the story, and the illustrations perfectly compliment the story. Love!
12th July '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
5 stars
Nice bright pictures in this lovely book about a lonely boy who finds a lost dog. A great book to talk about different feelings, moving house and making new friends. The story was a nice length and the detailed pictures kept us interested. I liked how the whole city changes in the eyes of the boy by the enday of the book when he makes a friend. 
27th May '17
I read it to Monsterjam aged 4 aged 4 & to Wilburwoo aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Gorgeous story gorgeous story about friendship. Some beautiful language chosen to tell the tale and a super happy ending! Loved it!
8th June '16
I read it to Suzanne aged 7 aged 7 & to Alexandra aged 4 aged 4
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
5 stars
Oliver has moved from the countryside to the city, and is feeling lonely. His new home is very different from what he's used to, and he's left all his friends behind. He misses his home and doesn't really see anything exciting in the big city. One day he decided to explore it and he finds Patch, a dog out on the loose on his own. Oliver and Patch quickly become friends, Patch helping Oliver feel less lonely, but Patch is missing his owner, and Oliver realises it's time to try to find his owner.

This is a beautiful story about the power of friendship, but also of love for animals. It's a great book for children who moves a lot with their parents and need to know the new place from scratch. The book shows all the emotions the kids goes through and the way they can cope with a new situation (like finding new friends).
I highly recommend this book as it's lovely to read.
10th April '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
4 stars
A sweet, feel-good story about a little boy who moves from the country to the city and has trouble settling in. He is helped out of his loneliness by a dog that he finds. Although he finds he loves the dog and it is a great companion he does the right thing and sets out to find the rightful owner and in doing so he makes a friend. Heartwarming and a very calm book. On reading again we noticed some things about the illustrations that we missed the first time. Both my daughter and I enjoyed this story and we will keep coming back to it.
2nd September '15
I read it to Josh aged 7 aged 7 , to Sam aged 5 aged 5 & to Matthew aged 3 aged 3
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
4 stars
This is a lovely story about a boy who finds a dog and has great fun but knows he really needs to go back to his rightful owner. Thankfully all ends well with Oliver meeting a new friend.     The story has lovely clear and bright illustrations and the text is very clear to read too. This was a lovely, calming, feel good bedtime story.
5th June '17
I read it to Skye aged 4 aged 4 & to Rocky aged 4 aged 4
Oliver and Patch 9780857079541
3 stars
Oliver moves to the big city from the countryside. He is feeling very lonely when one day he finds a lost dog named Patch. Oliver tries to find Patch's owner but after a while starts to hope that he will never find him or her, and so Patch will stay living with him. But one day Patch runs off happily because he's found his owner. Will Oliver start feeling lonely again? 

A sweet little story with lovely illustrations but it just didn't grab my daughter's attention. They got bored of it after a couple of readings. It does have a great message about friendship so is definitely worth a read. 
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About Claire Freedman

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Claire grew up in Pinner in Middlesex. She now lives on the Essex coast, just a very short walk away from the estuary, with her husband Michael. She has just moved into a new house, which will be her final home as moving is such an upheaval!

The very first book that she published was called Tiggy Tiger, Brave Explorer. It...

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Kate Hindley is a talented illustrator who graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 2008. She’s illustrated several bestselling picture books including You Must Bring a Hat –...

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