Kid’s Book Review: Molly, Olive & Dexter

Kid’s Book Review: Molly, Olive & Dexter

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

The Guessing Game is one of three beautifully illustrated picture books by bestselling author/illustrator Catherine Rayner featuring the adorable trip of animal characters Molly, Olive and Dexter.

Olive the owl loves guessing games, and her best friends Molly the hare and Dexter the fox decide to play one together.

But when it’s Olive’s go, try as they might, Molly and Dexter can’t seem to work out the answer… Whatever is Olive thinking about?!


Catherine Rayner

Multi-award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner has written over 20 books for children and illustrated many more for other well-known authors including Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo. Her books have been adapted for musicals, television and theatre.

Originally from Yorkshire, Catherine studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband, two young sons, and a small menagerie of animals, including the latest addition – a miniature dachshund called Otto. Catherine loves animals and is inspired by the creatures which surround her.

Her second book, Harris Finds His Feet, won the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, and Catherine has now been shortlisted six times for this prestigious award.

Book Review

it was funny when they didn’t get the guesses right because there were lots of clues and I guessed it right away

Ibrahim says: I like playing guessing games. My favourite page was when Olive says “your mouth is full of it”. (Grass) and it was funny when they didn’t get the guesses right because there were lots of clues and I guessed it right away.

Mum says: This is a charming and playful book about best friends guessing what the other is thinking about.
The illustrations are soft and muted in watercolours which give the sense of a long day of unlimited playtime with friends.
We have started this game at home and it has been a great source of fun for children and grown ups.

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Reviewer Profile

A picture painted by Ibrahim
  • Name: Ibrahim
  • Age: 5 1/2years
  • Likes: Eating burger and chips and playing chess
  • Favourite Book: The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt