Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

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Olivia has one toy that she loves more than anything. She feeds him, dresses him and takes him everywhere. So when he disappears, Olivia is FURIOUS!
She looks under the rug, under the sofa, under the cat. She shouts at Ian and baby William, she cries, she stomps...all to no avail. Then, one dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise...Clutching a candelabra, she creeps bravely into her bedroom, and sees a huge menacing shadow on the wall. Who ...
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Overview

Olivia has one toy that she loves more than anything. She feeds him, dresses him and takes him everywhere. So when he disappears, Olivia is FURIOUS!
She looks under the rug, under the sofa, under the cat. She shouts at Ian and baby William, she cries, she stomps...all to no avail. Then, one dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise...Clutching a candelabra, she creeps bravely into her bedroom, and sees a huge menacing shadow on the wall. Who is this monster, and what's that hanging from his jaws?
All is resolved peacefully in this entertaining story starring our favorite pig and her favorite toy.

When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.

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Editorial Reviews

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Ian Falconer's popular piglet makes a hilarious comeback in her third picture book -- a mystery to end all mysteries! After cajoling her mom into sewing a distinctive red shirt for the soccer team (Never mind that everyone else’s jersey is green!), the little trendsetter heads outside to play. But when she returns, she realizes that her "best toy" is missing. In highest dudgeon, Olivia launches a massive manhunt (make that pighunt) -- checking under the rug, under the sofa, even under the cat, and giving little brothers Ian and William the third degree. But the mystery remains unsolved until that dark and stormy night when an awful sound interrupts her piano practice. Holding a candelabra that casts spooky shadows on the wall, the plucky little piglet investigates -- and discovers the real culprit behind a closed door.

With Falconer’s trademark black, white, and red line illustrations and a storyline that underlines Olivia’s appealing can-do attitude, this new installment in the winning series is swine-tastically superb. Eat your heart out, Sherlock.

The New York Times
An artist who has done more than a dozen New Yorker covers as well as designing sets for the stage, Falconer has a witty and sophisticated eye; there are images in each of his books that can make you laugh with instant recognition. — Dwight Garner
The Washington Post
In this, her third public appearance, she shows no sign of fatigue, despite spending the whole book in red-and-white-striped pajamas. The plot is slight—Olivia's BEST TOY was lost and is found—but New Yorker cartoonist Ian Falconer's spare charcoal drawings, splashed with Olivia's favorite fire-engine red, are as dryly amusing as ever.—Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
The porcine star who burst onto the children's books stage in black and white-plus her favorite color, red-is back! Here Falconer adds green to his palette and mystery to the plot for this third adventure featuring the incomparable Olivia. However, "green is not Olivia's color." So she entreats her mother to make a red soccer jersey to replace her team's green one. "But then you'll look different from everyone else on the team," says her mother. "That's the point," retorts the heroine in an oversize font. While her mother sews, Olivia's beloved green-and-red toy (who makes a comical cameo appearance in a wordless vignette on the endpapers) disappears with the turn of a page. (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 Olivia Saves the Circus-plays a bigger role in this episode. Once again Falconer nails common three-year-old parlance and posture. As Olivia shouts, "Where's my toy? It was right there on the bed. I just put it there. I remember exactly. That's my best toy. I need it!" the audience assumes the viewpoint of her mother, staring down into the protagonist's gaping mouth. Though it hardly seems possible, Falconer's visual and verbal narrative talents continue to grow. And so will Olivia's devotees. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Adorable piglet Olivia must have her way when it comes to her soccer uniform. She does not want to be like everyone else and wear an unattractive green shirt. She must wear red--her favorite color. While mom sews the impatient tyke a new t-shirt, Olivia wanders outside to play with her favorite toy rag doll. After returning home, Olivia realizes the toy is missing. She has a hissy fit and searches everywhere for her beloved dolly. Finally, during a dark and stormy night, she discovers her dog chewing on the toy. Although her daddy promises to buy her a new toy, she patches the doll back together. The story humorously portrays the emotions of a young child who knows what she wants out of life. The story is brought to life in black in white drawings that are highlighted with red and green. Fonts also play a huge role in telling the tale and emphasizing the emotions involved. Olivia and the Missing Toy is a fun read for any child who has a favorite toy he or she just can't part with.
—Patricia Silverberg
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Olivia is back, the indomitable individualist now coaxing her mother to make her a new soccer uniform in red, not the "really unattractive green" of the rest of the team. During the sewing session, Olivia's stuffed animal disappears and the fearless piglet must solve the mystery. She eventually tracks it down, but it is now in pieces, courtesy of the dog. Olivia's tears are surprisingly easily diverted by her father's glib promise from behind the newspaper to replace it with "the very best toy in the whole world," but the independent protagonist resews it herself and even improves on the original. Once again, the illustrations are stylish and witty, now extended by the addition of green to Falconer's trademark charcoal-and-gouache black, white, and red palette. The inclusion of photographic reproductions (the sphinx in a dream and Martha Graham on the bedroom wall) adds a nice contrast, and the endpapers show a comic strip of the little pig trying to get her toy to sit up. The changes in the size of the typeface to indicate volume of speech as Olivia interrogates her little brothers, and as her distress escalates, are hilarious. But the plot meanders a little, and it seems as though Falconer is letting style overtake story. Olivia is in danger of starting to appear more like a bratty bully than the charming nonconformist we know and love. Still, her many fans will enjoy this latest adventure of the piglet turned detective.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The line-master is back . . . in perfect form. When Olivia's beloved stuffed toy disappears, the hunt proceeds in typical fashion as she falsely accuses her brothers and searches her house on a "dark and stormy night." She discovers that her dog has chewed the toy to bits. Never one to hold a grudge, she repairs the toy and forgives the offending pooch, who at book's end lies cuddled beside her in bed. This contains elements Falconer's readers love: endpapers that add a cunning fillip (Olivia's relationship with her toy), velvety monochromatic palette with accents of red and (in this entry) green, incisive characterization rendered with minimal line (the subtlest change in mother's expressions), photographic homage to a feminist icon (Martha Graham), adroit gatefold (revealing canine criminal), happy ending, and above all the ironic contrast established between subtle nuance and Olivia's over-the-top personality. Containing more full-bleed illustrations and less white space, it may not seem as elegantly designed. Yet what it sacrifices in design it gains in a more fully developed plot. The heightened atmosphere and melodrama suit Olivia just perfectly. (Picture book. 3+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689852916
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2003
  • Series: Olivia Series
  • Pages: 42
  • Sales rank: 104,890
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series. The character of Olivia—a precocious little pig who loves fashion, ballet, opera, and getting her own way—is based on Falconer's real-life niece. Falconer's illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker magazine. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series. The character of Olivia—a precocious little pig who loves fashion, ballet, opera, and getting her own way—is based on Falconer's real-life niece. Falconer's illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker magazine. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.

Biography

Ask any book-loving toddler who Olivia is, and you're likely to get a big smile and an enthusiastic description of a rambunctious, creative, and lovable little pig in return. Ian Falconer's Olivia books are a bestselling sensation that has grabbed the attention of kids from coast to coast.

Falconer did not start off as a writer and illustrator of children's books, but he did have an impressive background in art. After studying art at New York University, Parsons School of Design, and the Otis Institute, Falconer hooked up with noted artist David Hockney to design sets and costumes for stage productions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. He also made a name for himself as an illustrator for The New Yorker.

However, Falconer's life changed when he first laid eyes on his baby niece, who, by no coincidence, is named Olivia. "I was just entranced by her," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "I wanted to make a little present for her, so I started working on this book."

That gift for his niece would become the first in a series of smash hit children's books, although it was no overnight sell. Falconer first submitted the book to a Manhattan agency, which loved his expertly rendered illustrations but felt he needed to work with an established writer. "So, I sat on it," he explains. "Then a couple of years later, Anne Schwartz at Simon and Schuster called me. She liked my New Yorker work and asked if I would be interested in doing a children's book. I brought her Olivia." Fortunately, Schwartz had the foresight to recognize the potential of Falconer's peppy pig and his first book was published.

Olivia is particularly unique in the world of children's picture books because of its stark minimalism. Inspired by the similar style of Dr. Seuss, Falconer chose to create uncluttered images in black and white with the occasional splash of red. His story was equally minimal, describing the antics of a hyper-active piglet who tests her mother's patience by belting out songs, drawing on the walls, dancing, and...well... acting like a kid. "She's not really a bratty character but she does get away with a lot," Falconer says of his creation. "She manages to do what she wants, create havoc and sort of gets away with it, because whatever she's doing, it's also kind of interesting. I think Olivia could possibly be a little more thoughtful of others, but she'd be not nearly as much fun."

Kids certainly picked up on the fun in Olivia, sending the book onto the New York Times bestseller list and inspiring a parade of new adventures for everyone's favorite piglet. In Olivia Saves the Circus, she spins tall tales about lion taming and tightrope walking. In Olivia ... and the Missing Toy, she plays amateur detective. In Olivia's Opposites and Olivia Counts she even teaches some valuable lessons for the toddler mindset. All of the books are distinguished by Falconer's trademark humor and unmistakable illustrative style.

In Olivia's latest escapade Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia makes a racket like never before when she decides to start a one-pig band using items she finds around the house. Only a rapscallion like Olivia can get away with making music on pots, pans, toys, and even a pair of suspenders and still remaining 100% adorable. The book also breaks new ground as it introduces some welcome shades of blue into the visual mix.

Falconer's legions of pint-sized fans will surely be delighted by Olivia's latest adventure. Meanwhile, the real Olivia is taking the popularity of the pig she inspired like a regular celebrity. "I did a book signing out in Connecticut, and about half way through the book signing, Olivia came in with her parents just to say ‘hi'," Falconer explained with a grin. "She had to have been five at the time, and she just sat down and started signing the books. She felt as if she ought to be signing as well!"

Good To Know

Falconer has brought his unique talent to "The Happiest Place on Earth." He is responsible for designing floats in the new Main Street Parade.

Olivia is not the only character in Ian Falconer's books that was inspired by a real person. He says that everyone in the little piglet's family was inspired by members of his sister's family.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 25, 1959
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ridgefield, Connecticut
    1. Education:
      Studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute

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Olivia ... And The Missing Toy




By Ian Falconer


Atheneum



Copyright © 2003

Ian Falconer
All right reserved.



ISBN: 0-689-85291-6






Chapter One


"Where's my toy? It was right there on the bed. I just put it
there. I remember exactly. That's my best toy. I need it now!
Somebody took my best toy!"

Olivia looked everywhere -

under the rug,

under the sofa,

under the cat,

She asked her little brother, Ian,
"WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY TOY?"

(Continues...)




Excerpted from Olivia ... And The Missing Toy
by Ian Falconer
Copyright © 2003 by Ian Falconer.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Olivia and the MIssing Toy

    Here's another one that my son enjoys he's almost 2. He loves his Olivia books so much he call's Olivia "O". When it becomes bedtime he yells out "O". These books are so well written and we enjoy reading them together.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    My 3-year-old memorized this book cover to cover!!

    The original Olivia book quickly became my little girl's favorite. After borrowing Olivia and the Missing Toy from the library, she memorized this book front to back, word-for-word. Of course, she cannot read yet, but the pictures and simple text were alluring enough for her to memorize. We then had to purchase this book to add to her collection. Highly recommended, this book is a charming and fun read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    OLIVIA

    AAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIIIIIIIIIMNNNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    One of My Grandson's Favorites

    The Olivia Books are charming and entertaining. At the same time they teach children the basics of courtesy,sharing,obeying rules,respecting others and their differences and much more.
    My grandson likes to read this "Olivia" book along with his other "Olivia" books before bed. When he comes to our home for a sleep over he makes sure mommy packs them in his bag. I would highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Wow

    Olivia is my name i love the books!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

    Like most Hollywood 3rd movies....'Olivia and the Missing Toy' doesn't quite measure up to the first two installments....the first one was so cute and clever....the second one was just as cute and surprisingly even more clever....but this third one comes across a bit contrived....the story is rather disjointed, jumping around from soccer attire to a missing toy....the one liners are nowhere near as humorous....and the ending is pretty much a letdown, lacking the climatic wit and irreverence of the first two....it's an OK book, but nothing like the first two Olivias....which is a bit of a disappointment considering how long we all had to wait for number 3?! :-(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    More Than the Toy is Missing

    I was so disappointed with this book that I felt compelled to warn others who may be expecting the usual Olivia-themed books to beware. Olivia is snotty and her parents are catering to her every whim. It certainly is not the example I want my daughter to follow. This is the book where Olivia should have a time out but instead she is promised 'the best toy in the world' by her father. There is no real story and even though I have loved the previous books I'm no longer a fan of this new, snotty, ill-behaved pig.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy

    Like most Hollywood 3rd movies....'Olivia and the Missing Toy' doesn't measure up to the first two installments....the first one was so cute and clever....the second one was just as cute and surprisingly even more clever....but this third one comes across a bit contrived....the story is rather disjointed, jumping around from soccer attire to a missing toy....the one liners are nowhere near as humorous....and the ending is pretty much a letdown, lacking the climatic wit and irreverence of the first two....it's an OK book, but nothing like the first two Olivias....which is a bit of a disappointment considering how long we all had to wait for number 3?! :-(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    Olivia Rules Again!

    Tonight I came home and screamed! My husband had managed to get ¿Olivia and the Missing Toy¿ ¿ a day early! Unlike all the editorial reviews, I am not going to give away even a single delicious plot twist. I can say however that this is a truly wonderful installment of our irrepressible heroine. She is brave, resourceful and even more tenacious than ever! Anyone who has a little girl, or can remember being one will surely recognize that bit of Olivia that is our birthright. Ian Falconer has continued his insightful portrayal of real womanhood with a role model we can all be inspired by. The drawings are beautifully rendered, and each illustration is rich with quirky charm and humor. This is a book that will be relished with each rereading. Olivia remains as ever, a force to be reckoned with. Thank You Mr. Falconer!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    Still a Delight!

    If you are a die hard Olivia lover, you will love the continuing drama of Olivia. I read a few negative reviews prior to purchasing the book, and was prepared to not like it. My daughter and I read it and I was overjoyed that our wonderful, dramatic, resourceful, independent, and funny pig was just as enjoyable. The difference...Olivia is now aging from a toddler to a little girl. Is she indulged..of course. Was she indulged in the first two books..YES. So, if you adore Olivia you will see that her spirit continues to enchant in this book.! I love this Pig!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Phxccmdb

    GREAT YAL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    I agree dont buy!!!!!

    This is a terrible read

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    Toy

    Olivisa toy has gone mossing amd she is really mad. She looks everyehere, but cant find it. Who or what took it? Was it a monster......................?

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    dont buy!!!!

    this as a nook read is horrible! my son cried! it is black and white and has a mixed story line and does not sound like any other oliva book or olvia and her family. big waste of money. sample and see

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Its mme agian

    I love Olivia I read it to my class i have everyone they laugh all the time its so cool when it reads to u it is for all ages and even boys like it and my class loves the show too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    anything but bad!

    I love this book! it was adorable for my 20 kids and 14 grandkids!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    An Adult treat!

    Reading to children can sometimes bore an adult when the story is not exciting. Olivia changes all that. Olivia excites the individuality in all of us. Oh yeah... my kids love her too! This Olivia stuff is serious competition for Seussian fans.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Olivia Blanke BIG FAN!

    i absolutly love these books! even though im a 13 yr old and they arent exactally at my reading level they are really great. my names olivia and olivia the pig totally resembles me. I CANT WAIT FOR #5!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    Wonderful!

    I'm not an Olivia fan and I don't have a daugther. But I love this book and read it to my son. What a great story!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    good

    I bought this book for my next door neighbor who is a pig lover. hes eight. he like the book alot as well as the pictures!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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