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Oliver has always dreamed about where he will fit. Will he be in the mane of a unicorn? The tentacle of a pirate squid? The helmet of an astronaut? When he finally goes in search of his perfect place, he finds that trying to fit in is a lot harder than he thought. But like any puzzle, a little trial and error leads to a solution, and Oliver figures out exactly where he ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Tundra Books
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Ari
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then I love a children's book so much, I really feel the need to add it to this account as well. Short review here
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This amazing little book has a powerful message. Using puzzle pieces to create a picture show that everyone does not always fit in every spot. Oliver can not find where he fits, so he tries to change in order to fit in with others. That works, except he realizes that he is no longer himself. He shakes off his disguise and is once again alone. When he meets up with others that do not fit, they realize that they fit together and complete the picture. It has a great theme about not changing ...more
Lorilin
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, childrens
Oliver is a puzzle piece who doesn't feel like he fits anywhere. So he tries to change himself to fit in with the puzzle pieces around him. Unfortunately, he never seems to get it right, and he only ends up feeling more lonely and isolated than ever.

It isn't until he meets other pieces that don't quite fit either that he realizes he just needs to be himself. And once he does that, he happily discovers that he actually does have a place in the picture. (What a clever ending, btw!)

Overall, this
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Abigail
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cale Atkinson Fans / Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Belonging
Oliver was a crossword puzzle piece searching for his proper place in the bigger picture, but although he approached many different locations and puzzle-piece groups, he never seemed to fit in. He tried to alter various things about himself, from his color to his shape, but it never seemed to work. Even when he finally did find a place, it was only by dint of transforming so much that he longer felt like himself. Was there a way to be true to himself but also belong...?

A lovely and innovative
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Julie Kirchner
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book about the price paid when you lose yourself by trying to fit in. This would be fantastic to use with older students, but will also be popular with younger kids. Beautiful illustrations and great message. Can't wait to share this book!
Joy Lane
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It hits the nail on the head for fitting in in such an artistic way...as a parable.
Noura
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oliver is an adorable little puzzle who really tries everything he can think of in order to make himself into a shape that fits in better with his surroundings.

Cute story, precious illustrations but to in your face about the 'message' it's trying to convey.
Baby Bookworm
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, a fantastic story of finding where you fit without compromising who you are.

Oliver is a puzzle piece, and like all puzzle pieces, he’s excited to find where he fits. He certainly hopes he’ll be a part of a super-awesome, exciting puzzle, but when he tries to fit into all the cool puzzles, they reject him. “Not enough red!”
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Wayne McCoy
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
'Where Oliver Fits' by Cale Atkinson is a fable about belonging and finding out where we fit in. The message is a good one for the young, as well as some of us older readers.

Oliver is a colorful puzzle piece. He wants to know where he will fit. He imagines pirates and other things in his optimism as he starts his journey. He discover that, for him, it's not so easy. He's the wrong shape, or color, or size. In his frustration, he decides to change who he is so he can fit in. Will he find
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Donna Maguire
I enjoyed this book and it had a very good morale to the story and motto - be yourself and don't change for others - its definitely a book that I would recommend and one I will be looking to get when it is released. The images are great, layout is good and its easy to follow - 4 stars from me.
Lori
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
A book about the importance of being who we are . . . and appreciating the uniqueness of our own design.
Rita
I am now in love with Cale Atkinson. A super awesome new picture book that will let kids know that it's ok not to fit in.
Nikki Glassley
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Pretty heavy-handed, in my opinion.
Inge
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Like Red: A Crayon's Story, but more didactic and less fun to read.
Sharon Tyler
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson is a picturebook about finding your place. Oliver has always dreamed about where he will fit. Will he be in the mane of a unicorn? The tentacle of a pirate squid? The helmet of an astronaut? When he finally goes in search of his perfect place, he finds that trying to fit in is a lot harder than he thought. But like any puzzle, a little trial and error leads to a solution, and Oliver figures out exactly where he belongs.

Where Oliver Fits is a sweet and funny
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Katie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
Cute story about a puzzle piece named Oliver who really really really wants to find where he fits in.
As you can imagine, he becomes frustrated at not finding his place quickly, or after several tires and makes several attempts to change how he appears to meet what the other puzzle pieces are looking for. When these attempts fair he goes all out and changes everything about himself, and actually does find a place he fits. The problem is that every other puzzle piece is really mean to those who
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Ben Truong
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where Oliver Fits is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson, which cleverly tells a story about conformity and finding a place in life through a puzzle piece that wants to fit in somewhere – anywhere. However, that is more difficult than expected.

The text is simplistic and straightforward, but surprisingly deep. It is about a puzzle piece named Oliver as he seeks his place in life. It is about a story of being true to oneself and not to conform to whatever is normal
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Erin
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oliver doesn’t seem to fit in. He’s too short or not square enough; his color isn’t right, or he’s too round. He just doesn’t fit in, but Oliver wants to fit in, so he decides to change himself in order to fit in. He’s accepted by the purple puzzle, but he wonders, “If I have to hide and pretend I’m someone else, am I really still me?” Then he questions, “And if I can’t be me, then what fun is it to fit in?” When Oliver decides to just be himself, he realizes that other puzzle pieces have ...more
Debbie Smith
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Oliver is a round puzzle piece that is anxious to be part of something exciting, something wild, and something out of this world. But as he searches those exciting, wild, out of this world puzzles he becomes disappointed to find there is no place for a round puzzle piece. “Being myself is getting me nowhere,” he thinks. So he decides to change himself to fit in with the puzzle pieces around him. He tries markers and tape to change his color and shape. Finally, by completely changing he finds a ...more
Jillian Heise
I adore Cale Atkinson's books and illustrations, and Oliver is no different. Oliver is a little puzzle piece just trying to find where he fits. As he tries changing himself in various ways, eventually he realizes that not being himself doesn't make him feel good about fitting in. The illustrations with the personalities of the puzzle pieces and Oliver's ways of changing himself are cute and leave lots for kids to discover. Though the message is obviously stated, it's a powerful one done in a ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Too round! Too blue! Too short! Too pointy! Poor Oliver! No matter how hard he tries, he just doesn't fit together with the other puzzle pieces. He uses a marker to change his color and barricades himself with LEGO bricks to downplay his roundness, but the other pieces continue to taunt him. Then he has a stroke of genius - if he just changes himself completely, he's sure to fit in! His plan works, but not quite the way Oliver expects. Is his only choice changing himself to please others or can ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like a lot about this book . Oliver is looking for someplace to fit in but is repeatedly rejected because he is too different for all the groups he tries to join. Eventually he tries to change himself so that he can be accepted. But he soon learns:
"If I have to hide and pretend I'm someone else, am I really still me? ... And if I can't be me, then what fun is it to fit in?"
That is an important lesson to learn.
Still, there has been something niggling me about this book. I finally
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Jennifer Druffel
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy for review purposes via LibraryThing. All opinions are my own.

Oliver is a puzzle piece who just wants to fit in. His color, shape, and look aren't right. Oliver is very lonely. He does not belong anywhere. Oliver decides he needs to change to fit in. He cuts, glues, and paints. A complete make-over. Even though Oliver is unrecognizable, he finally fits in. He belongs. Will Oliver be happy?

Reading WHERE OLIVER FITS aloud, my fifth-grade class made many connections about the
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Jana
I rarely work jigsaw puzzles because I often don't have the patience or the stamina to figure out where each piece goes, especially if it's a large puzzle with tiny pieces with a title like "The Wheat Field"! The temptation to pound a piece in to "make it fit" often comes to my mind. This clever picture book helps me take another look at the jigsaw puzzle from the point of view of the puzzle piece who can't find where he belongs. The frustrated little piece looks all over for his spot and he ...more
Aaron
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent picture book with a great message and amazing colourful art that is a trademark of any Cale Atkinson book. I was able to view this on NetGalley, however I could not get the pictures and text to go together quite the way they are intended to on my IPAD. Inspite of the technical glitch, I loved the story, and I am eager to find the copy that I pre-ordered in my mailbox.

As a teacher or librarian there is a lot that one could do with predicting and picture clues here just by
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Graham Pigeon
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children, Toddlers, Parents desperate for better kid's books
I have caught myself on multiple occasions reading Cale Atkinson's books by myself. Long after my little one has moved on, or fallen asleep, I will be curled up on the floor finishing the story or flipping back through the outstanding illustrations. These are some of the greatest children's books I've read. Entertaining, humorous, poignant, thought-provoking, darling and creative, I seek them out at story time even quicker than my son. Extraordinary. "Where Oliver Fits" is another one of these ...more
Lucas
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would buy 100 copies of this book and give them to random people on the street. I would travel back in time and give my so-much-younger self a copy even.

For all those moments of doubts, for all those people I tried to surround myself with back in the day, but never really feeling like fitting in.

“Where Oliver Fits” is simple, bold, emotional, beautiful and true. It’s definitely one of my top favorite books in Lucas’ library.

It’s perfect for 3 years old, for 13 years old, but why not for 23
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Elaine Fultz
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though the themes are omnipresent (where do I fit in?/be yourself), they unfortunately always need to be repeated with kids and this, along with Nothing Rhymes with Orange (Rex) are two of the best to address these feelings since Red (Hall). Here we have a puzzle piece who tries its damnedest to literally fit into a bunch of different puzzles where it clearly, to the reader, doesn't belong. In clever disguise, adorable Oliver jams himself into a puzzle, but he peeks out and sees other ...more
Francis S. Poesy
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Well done with lots and lots and lots of funny puzzle piece characters. I was a little trepidatious going in but the book refrains from being too heavy-handed and preachy in its message as some "be yourself" books can be. The book probably could have done without breaking the fourth wall and talking to the reader in the beginning and the end, and just made it all about Oliver, but that is more of an editorial choice so no points off. The illustrations definitely go a long way to making this ...more
Beleden V
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
J: Oliver couldn't be cuter. After reading this to about 10 classes, it stands up to over-reading, even gets better as you get familiar with the voice. The kids seem to enjoy watching Oliver's struggle to find where he fits. I'm not convinced they see themselves in him much - they may need a little more guidance towards that than what we do in library visits - and when he does find the two pieces in which he fits, so many of the kids want to identify those pieces as parents rather than friends. ...more
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Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada.
Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games.

Publishers Cale has worked with include Disney Hyperion, Tundra, Simon and Schuster, Doubleday, KidsCan Press, Owl Books, Grosset & Dunlap,
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