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There is something very special about Oliver Phenomena, a young boy who seems to attract the most unusual experiences. In his first story he finds himself in plenty of hot water but his guardian angel saves him each time---much to the amazement of onlookers.


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There is something very special about Oliver Phenomena, a young boy who seems to attract the most unusual experiences. In his first story he finds himself in plenty of hot water but his guardian angel saves him each time---much to the amazement of onlookers.

12 review for The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Guardian Angel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Ferrante

    The book grabs your interest right away with the phrase "Oliver is somewhat unusual. He has a very special ability to attract rare and unusual events." I was intrigued to see what these events would be. But then the page says, "He understands that his mommy is gone. He has always felt her nearby. He has a guardian angel." This threw me off. I wasn't sure of the connection between the ability to attract rare and unusual events and having his mother as a guardian angel. As Oliver grew older, he lea The book grabs your interest right away with the phrase "Oliver is somewhat unusual. He has a very special ability to attract rare and unusual events." I was intrigued to see what these events would be. But then the page says, "He understands that his mommy is gone. He has always felt her nearby. He has a guardian angel." This threw me off. I wasn't sure of the connection between the ability to attract rare and unusual events and having his mother as a guardian angel. As Oliver grew older, he learned to walk quickly without falling because of his guardian angel assisting him. He learned to ride a bike with her help too. She pulled them out of the way of oncoming traffic because he wasn't watching where he was going. She caught him, and the rice, when he fell off a box. She helped him impress his aunt with karate moves he didn't know. She cooled down his bathtub water and shut the window. He slid down the banister without falling as she held him. I was somewhat disappointed that the "fantastic adventures of Oliver Phenomena" were ordinary family occurrences. Perhaps just "Oliver and His Guardian Angel" would've been a more suitable title. The book ends, "Later, Mr. P. stood at Oliver's door, and whispered, 'Good night to you, son, and well… whoever keeps you safe.' Oliver slept well that night knowing he had his guardian angel." The book is fairly easy to read with just enough vocabulary on each page. Oliver is a busy character. His situations are often humorous. I was hoping he would grow to become more independent as the story progressed, but there was no change in his development. This isn't really a "plot" kind of story, more of a presentation of a religious concept. There really is no beginning, middle, or end and no real conflict because we know the angel will protect him. I would have enjoyed it more if Oliver had reached a state of independence and maturity that his mother could watch with confidence and relief. Her role then would have been to keep him safe up to that point. Using full-page, full-color pictures, the illustrator, Joshua Aquino does a terrific job of conveying the nonstop activity of a little boy. Thankfully, he doesn't draw the guardian angel mother with wings. She is perfect the way she is. She exudes motherly love in a gentle and charming way. I might suggest that the illustrator add children of diversity to future books. One of Oliver's friends could have been from an underrepresented group. One question I ask myself when ever I review a children's book is – So what does a child gain from reading this? If you have bought this book published by a Christian publisher, you are probably very comfortable with the concept of guardian angels. It may also be reassuring for your child to believe that a deceased parent is still loving and caring for him. However, a note of caution. I have known of children who put themselves at high risk because they have believed that their guardian angel will save them from any harm. One child even ran out into traffic. (It really jarred me when the child in this book did exactly that.) Please, if you read this book with your child, address this. It's a complicated topic. On the one hand, you do not him or her want to think they can do any dangerous thing at all and their guardian angel will prevent them from injury or death. On the other hand, if you want your child to believe in guardian angels, then you'll have to explain why his or hers is not protecting as well as Oliver's. Whatever your belief system, just be prepared for a discussion before and after reading this book. Because of the nature of this book, I am not rating the subject matter or the storyline but instead I'm assessing the packaging of this concept. I was given a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Oliver Phenomena is a boy who lives with his father. Although his mother had died when he was very young, Oliver can always feel her presence nearby. This makes sense to Oliver, since his mother is his guardian angel. When he'd been learning to walk or ride a bike, she'd always been with Oliver to guide the way, ensuring that he did not fall. People think Oliver has exceptionally good luck, especially when he is almost hit by a car on the way to the store but is pulled backwards by an invisible Oliver Phenomena is a boy who lives with his father. Although his mother had died when he was very young, Oliver can always feel her presence nearby. This makes sense to Oliver, since his mother is his guardian angel. When he'd been learning to walk or ride a bike, she'd always been with Oliver to guide the way, ensuring that he did not fall. People think Oliver has exceptionally good luck, especially when he is almost hit by a car on the way to the store but is pulled backwards by an invisible force at the very last second. At the store, Oliver stands high on a box to reach for the rice, as his Aunt Katrina is coming to visit and his father needs to prepare something nice for their dinner. The store keeper is shocked when Oliver falls from the box, yet floats to the ground with the rice, unharmed. Oliver’s guardian angel has caught him and the rice in her arms, making sure he is unharmed. Each night when Oliver goes to bed, his father wishes him nice dreams, while thanking his son’s guardian angel for keeping Oliver safe each and every day. Andy Klein’s book is very rich and deep in the message of loved ones who die and stay on to protect us. Instead of simply thinking of his mother as dead and gone, Oliver knew that she was more alive than anybody could ever really understand, as she had become a part of his heart and soul. Seeing any child do such miraculous things as surviving almost being hit by a car or falling from great heights often stirs something within us, that there is somebody watching over us. The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Guardian Angel helps to reinforce that which I have always personally believed: 'When we die, we go into the arms of those who remember us.' Although Oliver was too young to remember his mother, she is and will forever be in his thoughts and in his life – for she is his very own guardian angel. I enjoyed this children’s book and recommend it to those who are spiritual and believe that there is a power far greater than us, and that there truly is life after death. - Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carmela Lanzillotti

    The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Guardian Angel, is a hopeful story about a little boy who has lost his mother and has a guardian angel. Throughout the story, Oliver has small encounters but is “saved” by his “guardian angel” who the reader and Oliver know is his mother. The story is nicely written and well-paced. The language is appropriate for new readers who would be able to read the story on their own out loud. For younger children, ages 3-5 who are not yet able to The Fantastic Adventures of Oliver Phenomena: Oliver and the Guardian Angel, is a hopeful story about a little boy who has lost his mother and has a guardian angel. Throughout the story, Oliver has small encounters but is “saved” by his “guardian angel” who the reader and Oliver know is his mother. The story is nicely written and well-paced. The language is appropriate for new readers who would be able to read the story on their own out loud. For younger children, ages 3-5 who are not yet able to read on their own, they would be able to follow the storyline easily with the illustrations. The pictures are beautifully done and accurately reflect the images the author is conveying. Andy Klein writes a lovely story that quickly grabs your attention at the beginning by letting you know Oliver is “unusual.” Really, what the author is talking about are those incidents where we have fallen or about to be hurt and something miraculous happens for us to be able to walk away safely. For a young boy like Oliver to understand death in this way may be “unusual” in some respects. But I would say it is wonderful. Thinking of loved ones in this way can be healthy and positive. Although the book may not appeal to all as others may have different beliefs regarding death, if you believe in guardian angels, then this book will appeal to you. Klein managed to take on a brave topic and introduce the concept with success.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe Yang

    This is a sweet story with a bit of adventure, and a touch of the supernatural. As this seems to be the first in a collection of stories, it will be interesting to see how subsequent stories about Oliver and his guardian angel will turn out. And because there's an undertone of sadness as well, there's room for the introduction of difficult life issues/lessons that some children out there might be facing. The illustrations are very well done and go along well with the story's tone. Although it wa This is a sweet story with a bit of adventure, and a touch of the supernatural. As this seems to be the first in a collection of stories, it will be interesting to see how subsequent stories about Oliver and his guardian angel will turn out. And because there's an undertone of sadness as well, there's room for the introduction of difficult life issues/lessons that some children out there might be facing. The illustrations are very well done and go along well with the story's tone. Although it was a little shorter than I would have liked, it looks to be an intriguing start to an ongoing series. Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Mortleman

    My kids and I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are lovely and it obviously comes from a deep and caring heart. It's extremely positive and deals with loss and grief in a positive and empowering way. I love that it deals with different nationalities and cuisine too as we are a very international family! It made my kids ask lots of questions, I would recommend it as a daytime read and not a night time read as you'll be up explaining lots of things to them in the evening. My kids and I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are lovely and it obviously comes from a deep and caring heart. It's extremely positive and deals with loss and grief in a positive and empowering way. I love that it deals with different nationalities and cuisine too as we are a very international family! It made my kids ask lots of questions, I would recommend it as a daytime read and not a night time read as you'll be up explaining lots of things to them in the evening.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    A wonderful look into the world of the supernatural through the eyes of a young boy . Oliver is happy to have the help of his guardian angel as he goes through his day. I can hardly wait for the second adventure to come out. 'Oliver and the Little Ghost' continues the series of the boy who is comfortable with such unusual phenomena. A wonderful look into the world of the supernatural through the eyes of a young boy . Oliver is happy to have the help of his guardian angel as he goes through his day. I can hardly wait for the second adventure to come out. 'Oliver and the Little Ghost' continues the series of the boy who is comfortable with such unusual phenomena.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanlyk

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lakshmi Mitter

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yu Jia

  12. 4 out of 5

    Connie Huddleston

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