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Olivia Goes to Venice

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by Ian Falconer
     
 

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In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola.

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In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The irrepressible Olivia is back--this time on a trip to Venice that hits the tourist hotspots and allows Olivia to be her precocious porcine best. The plot is episodic, but Caldecott Honor artist Falconer’s inventive and droll artwork offers exuberance (and gelato) in nearly every scene, and Olivia’s curiosity and strong sense of self remain intact. The contrast between the antic lines of the charcoal and gouache paintings superimposed over gorgeous color photographs provides much hilarity. As Olivia plaintively holds out corn kernels at the Piazza San Marco, a page turn shows her face full of horror as the pigeons descend like Hitchcock’s birds. Falconer’s understated text is both witty and subtle; when the gondola emerges from under the Bridge of Sighs, “Olivia sighed.” And he remains attuned to the way children think; when Olivia is searched at the airport for weapons, “She was very pleased.” The preposterous ending involves Olivia’s finding the perfect souvenir (“one of the actual Stones of Venice”) and the resulting collapse of a bell tower. This comic sequel is as delightful as its predecessors. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
*"The irrepressible Olivia is back. . . . This comic sequel is as delightful as its predecessors." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Fans of this series will no doubt find this title humorous and enjoy the piglet’s newest adventure." — School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The irrepressible Olivia the Pig is off to Venice for spring vacation. She rather enjoys the search for weapons at the airport but is truly enthusiastic to discover that pizza and ice cream—make that "gelato"—are available everywhere. Falconer's whimsical tale about this piglet of strong opinions takes on an Italian flavoras images of Venice's iconic landmarks fill thepages.. At first, the sightseeing goes smoothly: Olivia feeds the pigeons in San Marco Square and sighs as their gondola passes under the Bridge of Sighs. But when she takes one of the famous stones of Venice from the Bell Tower, the Olivia effect kicks in. Her mother warns her that if everyone went off with a piece of Venice, the city would fall down. Olivia holds on to her stone and the family heads off to the airport as the Bell Tower of San Marco crumbles into rubble. It's hard to tell who will enjoy this sixth "Olivia" adventure more—the young listener or the adult reading it. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Olivia tops her past ventures and escapades when she convinces her family to spend spring vacation in Venice. They wander over many bridges, are enchanted by the beautiful palazzos on the Grand Canal, and feed the pigeons. The pigs consume numerous gelatos and almost sink a gondola from the extra weight they've put on. Of course, Olivia wants to remember her lovely vacation, so she brings home something unique from the city. Her choice is so Olivia, and the Venetians will never forget her for it either. Charcoal and gouache illustrations and photos of the city are digitally enhanced and provide a similar feel to Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's USA (Abrams, 2008 ). Fans of this series will no doubt find this title humorous and enjoy the piglet's newest adventure.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416996743
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Olivia Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
184,202
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 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 Goes to Venice 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
While it's always difficult to resist that perky little porker, Olivia, it's impossible now that she's visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Venice. Yes, sporting a gondolier's hat with its ribbons flying she's about to take that storied spot by storm. (almost literally). As most know by now Ian Falconer has created one of the most appealing children's book characters to be found. Olivia,along with her brother, Ian, and their mother and father have shared many adventures - from forming a band to visiting a circus to preparing for Christmas. Now, they're off to Italy. It's spring vacation and Olivia wants to take along her snorkel, flippers and water skis lest the city is under water - mother prevails. Happy to hear that she'll find pizza and ice cream everywhere Olivia enjoys their overseas flight. Upon seeing the beautiful Grand Canal lined with incredible palazzos Olivia begs to live in one of the palazzos. Of course, she was disappointed when this couldn't happen but a gelato or three cheered her. They're all overwhelmed by how much there is to see - Piazza San Marco, the bevy of pigeons, the gondolas, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs. Everything about Venice is grandly overwhelming to Olivia and she decides she must find the perfect souvenir of their trip. Young readers will laugh and be surprised at exactly what that is.......as well as its effects upon the city. The Olivia stores simply become more delightful with each telling. - Gail Cooke
reader_writer_traveller More than 1 year ago
We travel to the beautiful city of Venice often and so I ordered this book for my six year old, who adores both Olivia and Venezia, even before it was released. We read it together with such delight! But I will admit the reader should know a bit about Venice and its history to truly appreciate the humor of the ending (I won't give it away other than to say that it has to do with a real event that occurred in Venice in the early 1900s.) I know we will read and re-read this story many times to come.
Victoria Olson More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book and great for kids of all ages.
SoCalUKgirl More than 1 year ago
My 3 1/2 year old received this book as a Christmas gift. We just had a chance to read it and it was great. She enjoyed the illustrations and asked questions. It has sparked my curiosity for other Olivia books!
VishVD More than 1 year ago
nice
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kelly lanzi More than 1 year ago
I am in 6th grade and I even read it. This book is great for all ages. We read it in latin class amazing!!!!
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