Book Review: Olga And The Smelly Thing From Nowhere

Olga And The Smelly Thing From Nowhere by Elise Gravel

When Olga crosses paths with a weird creature and becomes the first kid to discover the species olgamus ridiculus, she is ecstatic! What does an olgamus eat? How does it poop? Why does its burp sound like the word rubber? With her trusty observation notebook and the help of a librarian, a shopkeeper, and some friends, Olga sets out to do science—learning the facts about her smelly, almost-furry pal and searching for him when he goes missing. The scientific method is the best way to discover anything!

When the lonely, and somewhat grumpy, Olga discovers an unusual creature by her garbage can, the science lover in her realizes that she has discovered a new species. She quickly labels the newly discovered species the olgamus ridiculus (after herself and the creature’s resemblance to a potato), and names her creature “Meh” because of the noise he makes. The scientifically minded girl carries out an investigation to figure out more about this new species.

Olga’s research forces her to go out into the community, and interact with people she would generally try to avoid. Her adventure has her cross paths with a librarian, an owner of an unusual food store, and even the girls next door that she typically hates. The more Olga interacts with people, the more she and her story opens up. And discoveries are made about more than just the mysterious creature as everything progresses.

This book has a light, playful tone all the way through it, as well as hitting on things like scientific discovery, research, and investigation. Olga takes her role as a scientist very seriously, and documents everything she learns about Meh along the way. This book is incredibly humorous, and I had a smile on my face the entire way through. This made it incredibly easy to read.

The illustrations in this book are fabulous, vaguely cartoony, and interestingly are only coloured with pink and red, which to me looked absolutely stunning.

I adored Olga. She is quirky, grumpy, judgmental, not the most social person, but she is passionate about science and animals, and there is just something about her that I loved.

This is the first book I have read by Elise Gravel, but I will certainly be on the look out for more.

Have you read Olga And The Smelly Thing From Nowhere?

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