25 Days – Book 2: Olive, The Other Reindeer

Today we visit a fun pop-up book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Olive, the Other Reindeer. It was originally created in 1997, but this deluxe version came out in 2007. And what fun it is!

What kid doesn’t love singing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…? And I’m guessing most people have experienced the circumstance where a child (or adult!) misunderstands a lyric. Well, now you understand dear Olive, who just so happens to be a dog who misheard the song lyrics and decided to report to Santa as a reindeer ready for action.

Santa, being the great guy that he is, decides to string Olive along just in case. And boy did he need her! Check this out and see Olive’s well-honed dog skills in action as she saves the day several times and earns her own antlers in the process!

This is a clever and bright book, especially with the scratch & sniff, lift-the-flaps, and pop-up fun in the 2007 edition. Seibold’s (beware, the site is crazy!) digitally rendered illustrations are quirky and unlike the traditional sweet Christmas look we’re often inundated with. Now, who has that song stuck in their head?

Follow along our book adventure at 25 Days of Christmas Books.

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