Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Title: Tea with Oliver
Author: Mika Song
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
Text Copyright 2017 by Mika Song
No. of pages: 31 pages
About the Author & Illustrator
It’s interesting to know that this author grew up in Manila, Philippines. My wife and I lived in the Metro Manila area, too, before moving to Nashville TN. This is the author’s bio on the back flap of the book.
Mika Song grew up in Manila, Philippines. As a child she wrote letters to a mouse who lived under her mother’s desk. She lives in Brookly, New York, with her husband, daughter, and cat. This is her first book. Please visit her website at http://www.mikasongdraws.com
“Tea with Oliver” is about a cat who loves tea. In the book, it shows that he just wants to have tea with someone. Philbert, the mouse, stays under the couch and wants to have tea with Oliver. Philbert writes a letter to Oliver so they could have tea together.
But the letter doesn’t reach Oliver. He sweeps it back under the couch, he thought it was a bug. Then Oliver’s cousin Lester visits him and wants to throw a party. Oliver was happy that there are people in his apartment who would like to party, and who could share a tea with him. Alas, the people at the party just wants to dance and have fun and party! Oliver offers everyone some tea but they rebuff him.
And then because of all the dancing, somebody bumps into Oliver and the teacups fall onto the floor. Everybody leaves after that and Oliver is just as sad because nobody would have tea with him, and worse, his teacups are broken.
That’s when he discovers Philbert under his couch. They have tea together and start becoming friends.
Values or Lessons
The book teaches about friendship, being in a crowd, and the importance of noticing other kids and people around us who also want to have friends. It also shows the challenge of being in a crowd but not wanting what the other people in the crowd wants to do.
The artwork is good, I’m not a professional art critic, but the colors are a bit subdued and looks like watercolor. The texts on the page are also sparse and contributes to the mood of the story.
The book seems to be targeted for introverted kids (or at least that’s how it appeared to me as an introverted adult.) It’s not funny or humorous as other books, but it can be fun in its own way. Our son likes it when we make Philbert the mouse’s voice squeaky and small.