Jolly Ollie and his Australian Adventure

(6 customer reviews)


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With flying hat and goggles firmly in place, Jolly Ollie Octopus climbs onto the back of a turtle and sets sail for Australia. A special flower reveals the magic that is only found in things that don’t last forever.

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The enchanting tale of friendship and adventure is interwoven with facts and philosophy. The story provides the perfect starting point for talking to children about their dreams for the future, and the moments, people and places that cannot be revisited.

Five things you should know about the book…


it’s a story – a whimsical, charming, imagination-boosting story

there are bonus pages of fun plant and flower facts

the rhythm and rhyme are spot on so it’s great for reading aloud

it’s inspired by the Japanese phrase ‘mono no aware’, expressing the idea that things can be more beautiful because they are temporary

it’s written for children and adults – everyone finds something to laugh at and love

The book will get you thinking about… 


the magic of a single moment

the unique beauty defined by transience 

the true meaning of friendship and sharing

how even in the darkest times there is always space for hope

the best things in life really are free

6 reviews for Jolly Ollie and his Australian Adventure

  1. Ray (verified owner)

    A beautiful book and a timely reminder that our world is, after all, a beautiful place.

  2. Maggie (verified owner)

    Bought for my niece’s young children for Easter having had the 1st book for Christmas. Easter egg left behind and the book was read with such excitement -success. Well done Jane.

  3. Jude Ross

    Absolutely fabulous second adventure with Jolly Ollie. The illustrations were wonderful and all the little facts at the beginning and the end were fun to read as well. The story and colourful pages hold a child’s interest…as well as the readers. Very well written and just a brilliant read.

  4. NannyM

    Another beautifully illustrated book of Ollie’s adventures! Guaranteed to enchant and delight any child (and adult) with the wonders of the natural world. A treasure trove of facts, colour and joy

  5. Martha (verified owner)

    I just gave Ollie’s second adventure to my 3-year-old niece and she loved it! She insisted it be read to her multiple times in a row! This time I made sure to buy an extra copy for myself as well, to keep on hand for young visitors! Jane Thomas has given us an enchanting story full of hope for difficult times, and illustrator Sarah Gledhill has brought it to life with humour and whimsy!

  6. Beth Hutton

    My son, 8 years old, LOVES this book. It is such a joy to go on another adventure with Ollie – the words and the illustrations combine to make the book exceedingly inviting to dive into! Thank you team Ollie!

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Jolly Ollie Octopus

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