"Omar on Ice has a wintry backdrop. But the story and artwork are as warm as a winter sweater . . . a nice choice for little ones from 3 to 7, who might be struggling with new skills."
- The Detroit Free Press
"Kovalski's portly, endearing bear spins through a beautifully light, snowy landscape as he learns to accept his own talents. The whole book has a cozy, comfortable feel, with its soft edges, well-meaning young bears and Omar's good-natured smile."
- Deirdre Baker, The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario
"Omar is a small brown bear, instantly appealing as drawn by Maryann Kovalski -- and that's even before he begins to speak. He begins to speak in Ms. Fudge's art class. Ms. Fudge is the large brown bear wearing a dangling gold earring -- by these little details is Kovalski known and much admired."
- Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail
" . . . a charming story. Omar learns that, not only should he take joy in the things he does do well, he finds that he can even achieve his heart's desire if only he doesn't spend too much time worrying about it."
Maryann Kovalski, one of Canada's most beloved children's writers/illustrators, has received many honors, including the Governor General's Award shortlist, a CLA Notable, a Parent's Choice Illustrator's Honor, and two nominations for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. Born in the Bronx, Maryann was inspired by a recent move back to New York to completely overhaul her 1992 bestseller, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, with a brand new story and locations that celebrate the Bronx of her youth.