Alex Willan - Jasper & Ollie

Join us the evening of June 1st for the much anticipated debut of Alex Willan's children's book JASPER & OLLIE! We will be celebrating with drinks and treats! 


About the book:

Two funny, unlikely friends—a thoughtful, deliberate sloth and an impulsive, impatient fox—make their big debut in this hilarious new picture book celebrating friendship and the wonderful ways in which we’re all different. Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool. On your mark, get set . . . WAIT! As Jasper races ahead—crashing into the mailman, speeding past the ice cream truck—Ollie takes his sweet time, pausing to admire a butterfly, smell a daisy, and help the mailman pick up his letters!

With a clever design that shows Jasper’s hectic rush compared with Ollie’s casual stroll, this hilarious and visual story allows young readers to easily recognize the differences between the two pals. It’s a smartly paced, hugely funny celebration of our differences. Kids AND grown-ups will giggle as they decide if they’re more of a “Jasper” or an “Ollie.” It’s also a great way to share the concept of “taking time to smell the roses”—a perfect lesson in our overly scheduled world.


And look for book two from this exciting new author-illustrator, coming in summer 2020: Jasper & Ollie Build a Fort.


“Forget the tortoise and the hare, this tale of friendship between an unhurried sloth and a wild fox is a funnier version of those famous opposites, and one that will have kids wondering whether they’re more like the deliberate Ollie or the frenetic Jasper.”—


About the author:

ALEX WILLAN grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was seldom seen without his sketchbook in hand. His love of drawing led him to earn a BFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alex has exhibited in art galleries and has painted murals, theater sets, and squirmy kids' faces, but his true love has always been children's books. He lives in Chicago with his dog, Harley. Jasper & Ollie is Alex's first book. See more of his work at, and follow him on Instagram at Alex Willan

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Jasper & Ollie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525645214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - May 28th, 2019