Rolie Polie Olie

Kids love this wacky story told in rhyme.

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Ollie disobeys his parents and is sent to bed.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids love this wacky story told in rhyme. Though the tale has little depth, it captures attention through the clever use of words and wild computer-generated illustrations.

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What's the story?

Rolie Polie Olie isn't your typical robot kid; he recharges his head and mops the house. He's a bundle of energy as he bounces through his day and is then too wired to go to bed. Kids will love Olie's mischief-making, which lands him in a bunch of trouble. Olie apologizes, and everyone comes together for a happy ending.

Is it any good?


Who could resist a robot family that not only cares about each other but also does a wacky "Rolie Polie Rumba Dance, always done in underpants!" William Joyce's love of robots comes through in this day-in-the-life story of a busy little robot boy. Entirely computer-generated, the illustrations glow with an art deco polish and candy-bright color.

Kids will empathize with the rambunctious Olie, who's having way too much fun to go to bed. But he contemplates his behavior and apologizes to all, and, just before bed, everyone hugs and makes up. Children will see their own excesses in Olie's antics and learn that it's good to takes responsibility for one's behavior.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about appropriate behavior. Do you ever feel like Olie? How do you calm down before bedtime? Families can also talk about computer-generated art.

Book details

Author:William Joyce
Illustrator:William Joyce
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:January 1, 1999
Number of pages:43
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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