Copyright © Didi Bok 2020 Copyright illustrations © Hein Mevissen / John Doe BV 2020 All rights reserved
NUR 273 / ISBN 978 90 258 6839 0
OLLI AND THE OLD FOREST
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Olli wakes in the early morning before the rooster crows. Perched high up on his favorite branch, he greets the brand-new day. He listens to the sounds of peaceful slumber around him and watches the world that stretches out as far as the eye can see.
Olli spends hours on his lofty perch high up in the tree, gazing at everything that passes by. There’s always something to see.
From a rising to a setting sun, from a full moon to a crescent, from a rainbow to meteoric showers; Olli watches, gazes, peers, and
observes the world around him. Sometimes he uses his binoculars, looking high and low, far and wide. At night, Olli enjoys picking his favorite star out of the thousands blazing in the night sky. There’s one thing that Olli always looks for on the horizon, and that’s Ari, his very Best Friend from Beyond the Horizon. Each time he sees him, Olli waves excitedly with his big ears and Ari waves back or blinks back a greeting with his large flashing lights. Olli and Ari have been Best Friends from Beyond the Horizon for years.
They’re separated from each other by an old majestic forest,
an endless road and a vast stretch of no man’s land. One of Olli’s greatest wish is to someday be able to meet Ari in person.
Every day, Olli searches across the horizon hoping to see his friend. For as long as they’ve known each other, Ari has lived and worked in a remote and undesirable place beyond the horizon. Today, though, there’s no sign of him. He looks right, left, and then right again. Nowhere! High, low and even higher. “Ari could be anywhere, but he’s usually somewhere up in the air.”
Ari’s a very special pig. He’s a genius who can do absolutely
anything. Ari can be here and there, earlier or later, and everything at once. He’s an inventor, architect, physicist, and a cartographer. He didn’t inherit his passion for mechanical and electrical devices from his parents.
They’re both just regular pigs. Ari’s been piecing
together old discarded devices with spare parts and building his inventions since he was just a
little piglet. Ari’s a self-made inventor, which is very rare. Ari has learned all he knows
without ever having been taught. He’s what you would call a real self-made pig, just like the other famous self-made inventor,
Leonardo Da Vinci. Ari’s his biggest fan. He dreams to become just as great an inventor as Leonardo.
His workplaces, home, shed and garage bulge with his
home-made flying machines, space boats, a treasure map machine, a hard-rock machine, and an underwater
heater. His latest invention is a three-part treasure seeker.
Ari’s the only pig to travel beyond the distant horizon in his flying machine, off to explore the endless universe. He dives to the deepest depths of the ocean in his underwater
device, and he zips through arid deserts in his car-rocket and swings through the dense jungle like Tarzan.
He has traveled to many different,
distant parts of the world and remote, strange, undiscovered areas like the deep seas, the earth’s burning core, and even to the moon!
Olli admires Ari’s adventurous spirit and cherishes their long-distance friendship from Beyond the Horizon.
Olli studies the horizon, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ari passing by in his flying machine, but there’s no sign of him.
“That’s strange,” sighs Olli.
He climbs up onto a higher branch to get a better view. He searches the sky like a radar; from east to west and back again.
Nothing! Not a hint, a whiff, or pig print in sight!
“He could be anywhere. Underground, underwater, hidden
behind the stars or simply in his shed,’ says Olli.
There hasn’t been a sign of Ari on or from beyond the horizon in seven days.
Olli wonders where he could be. He misses him a lot and worries that something may have happened to him. If he could, he would go to him. “Why not?”, He suddenly thinks to himself. He has four stable, healthy legs to carry him. All he has to do is take the first step, and he’ll be on his way. It’s an extremely long walk through. Ari is very, very far away. He’ll have to travel through the old majestic forest, along the endless road and across the vast stretch of no man’s land. He’s never been that far before.
Olli loves adventure, so what’s to stop him from going? Worrying about what might go wrong scares him. What if he gets lost? He doesn’t
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