by Anete Melece
3 out of 5 stars
Olga, a very plump woman, lives in her newspaper kiosk, and dreams of travelling. She finds herself stuck in her kiosk, and unable to leave by the door because of her girth. So she picks up the kiosk structure and walks down the street looking for adventure with her kiosk on her back.
The illustrations are full of bright colors and little details in the setting that make the story come alive. Each character in the story has their own unique look. I like the whimsical art style.
I am concerned about stereotypes and unhealthy messages in this book. Olga lives in squalid conditions in her kiosk where she has an armchair, sink, and toilet squeezed into a small space. I worry about children getting confusing messages about the health of this woman and her extreme weight.
She never leaves the kiosk at all. She can’t exercise. She has no place to cook a healthy meal. She is literally trapped in her own bad habits. It’s so sad, and yet this is portrayed as a funny book. And then I’m supposed to believe that this person is capable of walking through the city streets carrying a building? It doesn’t make any sense, and I think it could be harmful for children to read about. This woman needs to see a doctor and take care of herself. It’s unfair to portray her as a clownish silly character just because of her weight. She deserves respect and a happy healthy ending.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.