Friday, May 22, 2020

Book review with a giveaway: Oliver's Moving Day by Vicki Sluiter

About the Book

Book: Oliver’s Moving Day
Author: Vicky Sluiter
Genre: Children’s book
Release Date: December 3, 2019

It’s moving day, and five-year-old Oliver is excited for the adventure ahead. He is full of questions as, along with big sister Edith, Mommy, and Daddy, Oliver moves from The Big City to The Country.

He has never been to The Country and has only seen pictures in his books. What will it be like? Where will they live? Will there be lots of people and tall buildings? Join Oliver and his family as they wave goodbye to The Big City and journey through the suburbs and into The Country. Will Oliver have his questions answered? Read along and find out!

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My Review

Oliver's Moving Day is a light-hearted snapshot of a very important day in five-year-old Oliver's life:  Moving Day.  While moving from one residence to another is a big deal for any family, it was especially pivotal for Oliver's family as they moved from an apartment in the city to a single-family home in the country.  It was fun to experience this day from Oliver's perspective.  He seemed to have no idea what "The Country" was until he got there, but then recognized some things, like farms, from his picture books.

The illustrations were comic-like, seemingly computer-generated, and were brightly colored, with great contrast.  There were a couple pages that I think should have been drawn out into more pages with illustrations because of the length of the text.  I also thought that some illustrations didn't match the text as well as they should have.  The visual contrast between The City and The Country is well done.  Overall, though, this is a story that young children will enjoy.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Vicky Sluiter has had a passion for reading since she was four years old. She started with the back of cereal boxes and moved on to everything else, including books, magazines, and t shirts. As a wife and mom, gramma to five boys, and the proud owner of a bearded dragon named Elliott, she has learned what boys like Oliver want to read. You can follow Vicky’s blog and book reviews at

More from Vicky

I love writing children’s fiction because children are so much fun. So lively and expressive. You never really know what will happen when a child is involved but usually it will involve laughter. I have five grandsons so have experienced this many times over the years. The boys are ages 5 yrs to 14 yrs. Being at different stages the house is full of fun when they are all together. The youngest adores the oldest, and it’s reciprocated even if he won’t admit it. The middle three enjoy hanging together and getting into mischief. This Gramma loves every second of it!

The idea for a little guy on a farm was birthed when I was taking classes in writing fiction for children 30 years ago. I grew up on a hobby farm in farm country so the setting was pretty natural for me. And all the neighbors were boys so that’s what I’m used to. I could drive a tractor and bale hay right along with them. Having Oliver move from The Big City to The Country was inspired by my three youngest grandsons. That’s what they did and when they come to visit me they get excited to see the tall buildings in The Big City. And yes, they actually use that phrase. They are thoroughly convinced that Oliver’s Moving Day was written about them. In a way it was!

I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream. It was temporarily set aside, but in the right season it bubbled to the top again. Never let go of your dreams!

Blog Stops

To celebrate her tour, Vicky is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and toy truck!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you for your honest review. I really appreciate it!

  2. Oliver's Moving Day seems to address the excitement of moving and what country life is like. It looks like an informative read for young minds.