Lawyer publishes children's book to 'stir the imagination'

E.M. Olson is a business attorney turned nighttime author of a children's book that is designed to "stir the imagination" of kids 2 through 8.

Published by Archway Publishing, a division of Simon and Schuster, "Oliver the Toaster" is all about 5-year-old Oliver, who one day decides he doesn't want to be ordinary anymore, choosing to become a toaster instead. He fashions a toaster costume out of a cardboard box complete with holes for his eyes and hands and tries to prove that a toaster can do everything that a boy can. In the book, Oliver realizes, through encountering a series of challenges, that he is not so ordinary after all.

Olson's yearning to write the book stemmed from his love of reading stories to his own kids when they were young.

"Reading books with my kids was one of my favorite things to do while they were growing up," Olson says. "I've always loved writing and as long as I can remember I have thought about writing my own children's books. I came up with the idea for 'Oliver the Toaster' in early 2014. The final version was completed in August 2014 and the book was released at the end of October 2014. I am in the process of writing another children's book. All of the reactions I have received so far have been positive."

The book, which sells for $16.95, can be purchased at www.oliverthetoaster.com. The e-book version costs $3.99.

Published: Tue, Dec 09, 2014

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