Olivia by Ian Falconer

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Have fun with Olivia...
dressing up
singing songs
building sand castles
napping (maybe)
dancing
painting on walls
and -- whew! --
going to sleep at last.

Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is 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. 34 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Romance. Fiction

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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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She participates in some holiday preparations with her usual flair, such as chopping off the top of the Christmas tree for a table decoration, but other incidents fall flat, as when Olivia struggles and falls while trying to use her new Christmas skis.

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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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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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Come one, come all for this extraordinary debut for both Falconer and his unforgettable porcine heroine. The author/artist begins this day-in-the-life tale with a kind of behind-the-scenes peek at Oli

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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. In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, With a mas

Sep 27 2004 | Read Full Review of Olivia

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So it’s hard to hear her growing litany of demands, as well as the “edge of hysteria in her voice” when she begs, “Oh, please — Oh, Please, Mother — can’t we live in a palazzo on the Grand Canal?” (Apparently no one has told Olivia that we’re in a recession — and that Venice isn’t the only place ...

Jan 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Olivia

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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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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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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...

Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Olivia

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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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Against a completely white background, these vignettes seem to bob on invisible undulating waves, with the intermittent splashes of red creating a sense of movement and urgency-until Olivia's collapse at the lower right-hand corner of the spread beneath a single line of text (""She even wears her...

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The Bookbag

Summary: The eighth book in the Olivia series and fans and new readers will delight in seeing Olivia with her snout up the chimney waiting for Santa.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Olivia

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is about Olivia the pig's desire for individuality.

Aug 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Olivia

The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Anyone who’s stepped foot inside the children’s section of a bookshop, or into a primary school classroom over the last decade would be hard pressed to have missed the delights of Olivia the Pig.

Sep 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Olivia

Open Salon

Many children, even those who have read Falconer's books, may not even notice the difference between Olivia and Olivia Light.

Apr 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Olivia

Birmingham Public Library

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

Dec 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Olivia

Bookalicious

Why not an Indian princess, or a princess from Thailand, or an African princess or a princess from China?

Oct 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Olivia

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