Alex and Ozzy's Farm Adventure

Storybook, farm animals and activities.

Children - Educational
16 Pages
Reviewed on 11/23/2020
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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

Estonian-born children’s author Marina Donovan has produced an entrancing tale of two mouse brothers, Alex and Ozzy, who set out for the biggest adventure of their lives one day when they leave their forest home behind to visit the farm. Along the way, they meet a friendly snake named Fred and a caring sheepdog named Barry, who lets them ride on his back to the farmhouse. Trying to forage for cheese, they encounter a fearsome cat, from whose paws and maw they get rescued in the nick of time. Delightfully told, Alex and Ozzy’s Farm Adventure is quaintly told in Old World style, with hand-painted old-time watercolor illustrations throughout. A comforting tale for toddlers, the work is grounded in the animal fables of Donovan’s heritage, which abound in talking animals and epic journeys undertaken in search of treasure (think of a gift for their parents, rather than a golden sword this time around!).

Marina Donovan’s affection for, and warmth towards, animals radiates from the pages of Alex and Ozzy’s Farm Adventure. I especially enjoyed the fact that Donovan appears to have more such books in mind so that those childminders and children who enjoy this book can look forward to plenty more. Also, as a fun add-on, Donovan includes a number of activities at the end of the story, including a maze, a shape recognition game, find-an-object, spot-the-difference, a basic word search, and instructions for how to make Alex and Ozzy from paper. In short, an enjoyable adventure awaits any child who accesses this book and its winsome and wholesome pictures drawn by Alena Amanbueva.

Tiffany Ferrell

In Alex and Ozzy’s Farm Adventure, we are introduced to two mouse brothers named Alex and Ozzy. They overhear their parents talking about a place called a farm and suddenly they decide it is time for an adventure. Leaving their mom and dad a note, the brothers head out. Heading down the road to the farm, the two meet a snake named Fred. He’s a friendly snake who asks them where they are going. They tell him they are off to explore the farm, and the snake kindly shows them the direction they need to go. When they finally reach the farm, Alex and Ozzy meet a sheepdog, who introduces them to sheep, chickens, cows, and a mean cat. After a scary encounter with Molly the cat, the boys take an eggshell and run back home. Their parents are relieved that they found their way home. While Alex and Ozzy bathed, they told their mother about their adventure.

I enjoyed reading Alex and Ozzy’s Farm Adventure by Marina Donovan. It’s a fun and colorful read that’s packed with action as we follow two mouse brothers who long to go on an adventure. The characters are well written and will catch the interest of young children. The storyline is interesting and attention-grabbing, while the illustrations are beautifully made and fit in with the storyline perfectly. It’s a simple and perfect children’s book that many will come to enjoy. It’s a book I would recommend to friends of mine with little ones. Marina Donovan has done an excellent job and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

Jack Magnus

Alex and Ozzy's Farm Adventure: Storybook, Farm Animals and Activities is a children’s animal adventure picture book written by Marina Donovan and illustrated by Alena Amanbaeva. Alex and Ozzy decided one day to see if they could find the farm their parents had spoken about. They wondered what kind of animals lived on a farm, and what a farm was like. It would be a fun day, and Alex decided he would bring home a present for their mom. Ozzy wrote a note for their parents, and off they went. The day was beautiful, insects and birds were out enjoying the beautiful weather, and a pileated woodpecker kept a careful watch over the two small mouselings. A sudden hissing noise alarmed them at first, but then they met Fred, the friendly snake and maker of those noises, who actually helped guide them to their destination. Adventures can be so much fun, and Barry, the sheepdog who guarded the farm’s flocks, was the perfect tour guide.

Marina Donovan’s Alex and Ozzy's Farm Adventure introduces young readers to a working farm as they follow Alex and Ozzy. Alena Amanbaeva’s pen and wash illustrations are marvelous! I was fascinated by the details and coloring of every panel and loved the classic feel of her rendition of Alex and Ozzy in their little blue shorts, red ties, and jackets. Not only will kids and caregivers have a grand time finding snails, ladybugs, and even a friendly snake who wears glasses as they read about Alex and Ozzy’s visit to the farm, they will also have the opportunity to help the two mouselings reach their destination by solving the maze to be found at the end of the story. There’s also a pattern recognition game, a counting game, word search, and instructions for creating your own Alex and Ozzy figures. Alex and Ozzy's Farm Adventure is most highly recommended.