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Tea with Oliver

(Oliver #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Dear Reader,

Oliver is not like other cats. He likes cookies and tea. Just like me.

I think we will be best friends…if he will just read one of my letters!

Philbert the mouse.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Two tea drinkers destined for friendship, eventually. Adore this one, and all of Philbert's brave attempts to connect. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That's it, I officially don't get people's picture book ratings on this website. There is no justice in this world that XO, OX: A Love Story and One Word from Sophia are rated higher than this. NO JUSTICE. ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Book About Making Friends
Oliver the cat longs for a friend who will take afternoon tea with him, oblivious to the presence of Philbert, a tiny mouse living in his apartment, who longs to befriend him and join him for tea. Philbert's many attempts at communication prove futile, until a madcap feline party gone wrong finally makes Oliver aware of his murine roommate. All ends happily, as Oliver and Philbert take tea together...

Although she has illustrated a few other picture-books - Ted Staunton's Harry and Clare's Ama
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
This book charmed me with it's gentle ways and lovely illustrations. My favorite line, "And the new friends sit down for a nice cup of tea." I think of the phrase, a nice cup of tea, as being quintessentially British, so I experienced a bit of nostalgia for my home country. In my humble opinion, it is always time for tea :) ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture

Such a cute book! Nothing like two shy critters bonding over a nice cuppa!
Laura Drangmeister
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated, sweet story! My two year old loves this book so much he recites it all the time. If you're fond of tea, cats, and books featuring special friendships, you'll loves Tea with Oliver! ...more
First sentence: Oliver talks to himself a lot. It's a nice day for tea, but who will have tea with me?

Premise/plot: Philbert is a shy mouse who LOVES tea. More than anything he wants to be friends with Oliver. Will Oliver ever read one of the letters that Philbert has written him? Will Oliver ever see him? Will these two tea-lovers ever become friends?

My thoughts: Those who know me know at least two things about me: 1) I love, love, love CATS 2) I love, love, love TEA. Tea with Oliver has to be
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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I must admit this was a fairly odd story and it feels a little long as you read it (not the text, just the actual story), but its kind of sweet. I liked both Philbert and Oliver and I appreciated the message that there is a friend out there for everyone. This is about as unexciting a book as one will read these days, however, so its not an essential pick by any means.
Sometimes you don't have to look very far to find a good friend. Oliver is very lonely and spends most of his time drinking tea by himself in his apartment. Philbert lives under the couch and would very much like to join Oliver for tea. Young readers will enjoy the courage Philbert shows in reaching out to Oliver to let him know that he's not alone. With sweet, whimsical illustrations, this story would be a nice one to share with primary aged students. ...more
Maria Marshall
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
Despite their differences, Philbert is determined to make friends with Oliver and join him for tea. But Philbert's screams and notes go unnoticed (or misunderstood). So determined, Philbert even wanders into a party of wild cats to try to get Oliver's attention. Subtly this book is also even perhaps a bit about seeing what is right before you're eyes. Oliver, so desperate to share tea with someone, wades through a riotous party with his tea cups. The "fair weather" guests flee once a catastrophe ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Song, Mika Tea With Oliver. PICTURE BOOK. Harper Collins, 2017. $17.99.

Oliver is an introverted cat who loves tea, and though he would like to share tea time with somebody, he is alone. Philbert the mouse lives under Oliver's couch and he really wants to share tea time with Oliver, but he is too shy to come out and say anything. After a variety of attempts that fail due to timing, unexpected parties, and broken tea cups, Philbert and Oliver finally connect and become tea time friends.

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Oliver the cat really wants someone to have tea with and Philbert Mouse wants to be that friend. But Philbert has the darndest time trying to get Oliver's attention. Oliver's cousin Lester comes over and wants to have a party instead of tea. That results in the utter destruction of Oliver's tea set. Quickly everyone leaves and Oliver is left bereft at his broken china. Philbert to the rescue! Philbert managed to save 2 teacups! Oliver and Philbert finally are able to have tea together.

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I love that the cat, Oliver, and the mouse, Philbert, can forge a friendship over tea and cookies - once tiny Philbert manages to get Oliver's attention! Particularly endearing are the endpapers, which show all of the little notes Philbert writes to his new friend to encourage him to sit down for a cup of tea. Cute and funny, with adorable illustrations in ink and watercolor by author/artist Mika Song. ...more
A cute story about a cat (Oliver) who desperately wants to share tea with someone... and the mouse who lives under his couch (Philbert) who desperately wants to join in but is too small and quiet to be noticed. Mika Song's illustrative storytelling really shines in this book, capturing a childlike sensibility and a sweet sense of humor. ...more
Viviane Elbee
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oliver the cat likes to have tea with cookies, and he would like to share tea with a friend. Unfortunately he doesn't hear the little mouse, Philbert, when Philbert says he would like to have tea with Oliver. Philbert tries to catch Oliver's attention, but it is tough - especially when Oliver's cousin Lester shows up to throw a wild and noisy party. ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story, but how did the mouse know that cat wasn't going to eat him?? He seemed terrified when the party was going on and didn't risk coming out then, so it leads me to suspect that cats may still eat mice in this dimension. ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Oliver is desperate to have tea with someone. Little does he know, that Philbert, the mouse living under the couch, would love to have tea with him. If only Oliver could hear Philbert's request. Or see the notes he keeps trying to send Oliver's way. Will these two friends ever get to have tea? ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It was very cute! The illustrations were sweet and easy to follow (since a lot of the story is in speech bubbles), and the story itself was really cute. Nice little tale about(ish) social anxiety and having different interests than other friends and family.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and the story. Oliver is a cat who just wants to have tea with someone, but he's having a hard time finding someone who wants to have tea with him. Philbert is a mouse who wants to have tea with Oliver, but Oliver is not paying attention to the signs. ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was adorable, but I needed more from it. I'm not sure what. I think maybe the party should have gone on longer and we should have gotten to know his cousin a bit more. I don't know. Something about this just felt incomplete to me. ...more
Amy Goldstein
Oliver wants to have tea with someone. Philbert wants to have tea with Oliver. But Philbert needs to find a way to safely get Oliver's attention. Philbert's bravery finally brings two tea drinkers together to share a nice treat. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A charming, warm and inviting friendship story.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this sweet peaceful story of finding friends just when you need them.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
On writing letters and tea parties that go awry!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Dancing cats are jerks?
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Some friends do better with tea parties than with more rambunctious events. This is a picture book for introverts!
Brindi Michele
I liked this because despite their difference, cat and mouse find they have something in common :)
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, kids
a cute and simple story about friendship and finding someone with similar interests (tea!)
A sweeter take on the concept in "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie..." ...more
Robin Raines-Bond
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story about being persistent when trying to make a new friend.
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Mika Song grew up in Manila, Philippines, and Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to New York to attend the Pratt Institute and worked in animation before making children's books. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. ...more

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