Olivia Counts

Olivia Counts

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by Ian Falconer
     
 

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Count along with Olivia! In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.

Count along with Olivia!
In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.

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Count along with Olivia! In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.

Count along with Olivia!
In this enchanting board book, toddlers will join everyone's favorite piglet as they learn to count from one to ten.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Olivia! She's one little piglet with imagination, direction, and an enthusiastic taste for life. And now the lovable porcine heroine is back in a counting board book, showing toddlers just how proud and charming the numbers 1 to 10 can really be.

On the beach, in bows, or wearing a scary mask, Olivia gracefully gives each number her own special style. "2 two bows" shows her wearing an adorable outfit, complete with two bright red bows on her ears, and "7 seven accessories" reveals a pleased Olivia in a red cap, with 6 other objects lying nearby. Other pages include "3 three pots of paint," "4 four aunts" looking quite authoritative, "9 nine toys," and -- the pièce de résistance -- "10 ten Olivias" in different costumes and poses.

Ian Falconer's piglet is the perfect host for counting. Olivia will keep preschoolers giggling with her expressions, and her can-do demeanor will give them confidence to learn. The author's familiar three-color charcoal and gouache illustrations are also well suited for new readers, as each red number pops from the page, helping them recognize it at once. A playful companion to Olivia's Opposites, Olivia Counts is a lesson in learning with attitude. (Matt Warner)

Publishers Weekly
What better way for toddlers to learn the basics than with two board books starring Ian Falconer's Olivia? Youngsters start with one ball at the beach (in the signature red-and-white stripes) and finish with ten Olivias jumping rope, doing handstands and sprawling on a beach towel in Olivia Counts. A red numeral accompanies each scene. In Olivia's Opposites she demonstrates word pairs with comic flair (for instance, she models a scarlet evening gown for long and a red tutu for short). Both feature b&w and red illustrations from Falconer's Caldecott Honor book, Olivia, and its companion, Olivia Saves the Circus. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
There she is in all her glory. Olivia has red ribbons on her ears, red striped panty hose and a red purse. She is ready to help kids learn to count from one to ten. It is one big beach ball, two bows, and so on from one up to seven. Then a very sophisticated word is introduced, "accessories." Accessories include Olivia's beads, shirt, glasses, and a several other items. Next it is on to eight cousins (I do believe that is a pretty well-known children's book popular some many years ago), nine toys, and the grand finale—a presentation of ten Olivias. It is amusing and also remarkable what Falconer can produce with just black and red in his charcoal and gouache illustrations. 2002, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
In Counts, sketches in charcoal and gouache depict the piglet with one ball, two bows, three pots of paint, etc., up to a final spread of 10, with Olivia performing different stunts and in different outfits or accessories. In Opposites, she wears a long evening dress and a short tutu; is intimidated by a loud lion before bellowing back; appears in a plain pair of red briefs, then is decked out with fancy red heels, bows, lipstick, and jewelry. Of the two, Opposites is totally engaging; Counts is an additional choice for young fans.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
You can count on Falconer (Olivia's Opposites) to keep adding droll, imaginative appearances for his precocious porcine protagonist, the inimitable Olivia. In this shorter format with sturdy, laminated pages, there is no real story, just Olivia showing us a few of her favorite things, from one red and white beach ball to ten different views of herself (several with echoes from her first story). Falconer continues his use of subtle charcoal gray shades, and he returns to Olivia's favorite choice of lipstick red for her outfits, accessories, and toys. He also introduces four aunts and eight cousins (all in sober gray), who look as though they need jazzing up by Olivia in a future story, perhaps with her three pots of paint. The cover shows Olivia in her plaid school jumper against a gray chalkboard with the numerals from one to ten, with the number seven drawn European-style. Probably this style of numeral isn't the best idea for the target readership, but isn't that just the sort of thing that Olivia would do? This simple but satisfying work can serve as an introduction for younger preschoolers to the two longer Olivia stories, and Olivia's adoring fans of all ages will give three cheers for any new Olivia tale, long or short.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689850875
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Olivia Series
Edition description:
BOARD BOOK
Pages:
12
Sales rank:
89,541
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series, including Olivia, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, to name a few. Falconer’s illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series, including Olivia, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, to name a few. Falconer’s illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Brief Biography

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

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Olivia Counts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Gigix3 More than 1 year ago
We really liked this book the story and the illustrations and the interaction. Of course like all Olivia books someone is causing some kind of mischief. My four year old really loves Olivia. She's on the good to read at bedtime/sleep with list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who can resist the slyly hilarious Olivia? In this board book, the porcine diva delights her many toddler fans with the joy of counting. Falconer's trademark illustrations are as funny and adorable as ever, making this quick read a pleasure.
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