Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

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Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back, and with fanfare!

There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself...all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience.

Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best -- making noise. Now available as an eBook with audio!
 

About Ian Falconer

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Ian Falconer is a writer and artist who has illustrated many covers of The New Yorker magazine. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among others. Olivia, his first children's picture book, garnered many awards. Falconer has published several more picture books about the charismatic pig Olivia including Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia Helps With Chrismas, and Olivia Goes to Venice. Ian has been awarded much recognition for his children's books including the Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Children's Books, and School Library Journal Best of the Best Books. Falconer also illustrated Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by author David Sedaris.
 
Published November 16, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 50 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While all the other girls she knows, and even some of the boys, dress as ruffled pink princesses for parties and desperately want to be fairy princess ballerinas, Olivia’s aspirations are more sui (or sooey?) generis.

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Olivia zips onto the page on her scooter to illustrate “coming,” and then zooms right off the next page with a handstand on the scooter handles to demonstrate “going.” In another delightful pairing, Olivia is “quiet,” while a lion from her circus days is “loud,” and on the next page, it’s Olivia ...

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Even before her story begins, readers are following Olivia as she leaves a trail of clothes that she has eschewed in favor of the outfit du jour for her auspicious entrance on the title page.

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“To Olivia, she sounded just like a real band.” (Cue the double-page fold-out in “Tempo marziale.”) At departure time, Olivia decides to abandon the band and apply makeup.

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Falconer adds a new color for this fourth offering in readers' long-standing love affair with the inimitable Olivia—and she still rules.

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After demonstrating that she could perform in not one but all of the star attractions under the Big Top in Olivia Saves the Circus</EMPHA

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Falconer, with his background as a set designer, transports the audience to 14th-century Verona and Peking, China (""long long ago"") with ease, and leaves no detail untapped: a Playbill (with a cover scene aficionados will recognize from the heroine's debut, Olivia) gives a synopsis, a ""Who's w...

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(A clue appears in the lower right-hand corner of the illustration, where the toy is last seen.) It won't give away the fun to say that Perry—the spotted, panting pooch introduced in Olivia and who bears a certain resemblance to the sidekicks in the "Madame Olivia and her Trained Dogs" act in Oli...

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The attractive black, white and salmon-pink slipcover holds Olivia-a 2001 Caldecott Honor book-and Olivia Saves the Circus plus a laminated poster of the red stockings-clad starlet in a quartet of ballet poses, suitable for framing.

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And while other dancers compete to become a fairy princess ballerina, Olivia opines, “I’m trying to develop a more stark, modern style,” letting loose with a series of dramatic poses in a stretchy charcoal-gray fabric tube (the book’s dedication: “With deepest apologies to Martha Graham...

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Using the same day-in-the-life format as his show-stopping debut (Olivia), Falconer shows Olivia making pancakes for her two brothers (including new addition William) before school.

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Equal parts endearing and impetuous, Ian Falconer's acclaimed star, Olivia, appears in an unabridged board book version of the Caldecott Honor title.

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Children's NOTES Learn with Olivia What better way for toddlers to learn the basics than with two board books starring Ian Falconer's Olivia?

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BookPage

She has starred in several other books, including Olivia and Olivia Saves the Circus.

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Common Sense Media

Parents and kids alike will crack up at the images of Olivia donning lipstick and admiring herself in the mirror, or the parting shot of an illustrated Olivia sitting amongst a photo of the Supreme Court justices.

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Parents and kids alike will crack up at the images of Olivia donning lipstick and admiring herself in the mirror, or the parting shot of an illustrated Olivia sitting amongst a photo of the Supreme Court justices.

Mar 05 2015 | Read Full Review of Olivia Forms a Band

A Patchwork of Books

Only the center column had any picture books, and with such limited shelf-space only Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle and the Fancy Nancy series made appearances (worthy books but not ‘discoveries’ – you all know what I mean.) No NEW or unusual pictures books where showcased.

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Birmingham Public Library

“If everyone’s a princess, then princesses aren’t special anymore!” So what will she be?

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