Book Review: Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson

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 story that explores all the highs and lows of learning to be yourself and shows that fitting in isn't always best. Oliver tries changing himself to be what others think he should be, and for awhile it works. However, pretending to be something else did not feel right, Oliver was not happy pretending to be something else. It was only when he got read of all the disguises that he found out others were pretending too, and that being himself got him the perfect fit.

Where Oliver Fits is a great book to discuss every type of difference between people, both visible and invisible. This could be a great discussion starter about things like autism, in which every single case is different. It could also be used to discuss things like ability, appearance, gender identity, or really anything that can cause fictions between people that might be different and those that do not understand.

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