Pages to Projects – August 2020

If you had been coming to our Pages to Projects meetings at the library, you might have already picked up this month’s book, Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere by Elise Gravel back in February. Not to worry – if you’re new to the club we still have some copies available, or you can check out the book from our digital collection on Overdrive or LibbyUpdate 8/25/20 – all the books have been claimed. Please feel free to order the materials and do the project along with the digital copy of the book, or place a hold on a hard copy here

If you already have a copy of the book, or choose to check out the digital copy, you can just print out the observation notebook below and complete the project with materials you have at home. If you would like a copy of the book and/or materials to create the observation notebook, please fill out the form below the project description.


In the story, Olga is a young scientist that discovers a new animal species she names Olgamus Ridiculous. In order to get to know this new creature, Olga makes observations in her journal. This creature she names ‘Meh’ has many unique and interesting characteristics. By observing Meh’s behavior (what she likes/doesn’t like, her appearance, the sounds and movements she makes, etc.), Olga figures out how to care for her, and even makes some guesses about where Meh came from!

We are going to hone our own observation skills by creating our own creatures, and recording their characteristics in our own observation notebook. These creatures can share the traits of other animals, but should be one-of-a-kind, like Meh.

Here is what you will need for this project:

  • A copy of the observation notebook
  • Old magazines, catalogs, photos (optional)
  • Pens, pencils, markers, paint – whatever drawing/painting materials you have on hand.

After reading the book, go through and complete the observation journal. Send a picture of your creature to to be included in the virtual project gallery!

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