Olivia
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Olivia

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by Ian Falconer, Dame Edna
     
 

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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.

Overview

Have fun with Olivia:

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

Editorial Reviews

barnesandnoble.com
"Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!" --Hilary Knight

A new and unexpected heroine emerges with the irresistible Olivia. Olivia is a spunky little pig with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Her daily activities of singing the loudest of songs, creating art on walls, and building skyscrapers do not tire her in the least. Rather, when it is time for bed, she asks for a plethora of books to be read! Olivia's mom, on the other hand, is drained. Parents and kids alike will marvel at Olivia's abounding energy and her mom's abounding patience and love.

bn.com Review
"Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!" --Hilary Knight

A new and unexpected heroine emerges with the irresistible Olivia. Olivia is a spunky little pig with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Her daily activities -- singing the loudest of songs, creating art on walls, and building skyscrapers -- do not tire her in the least. Rather, when it is time for bed, she asks for a plethora of books to be read! Olivia's mom, on the other hand, is drained. Parents and kids alike will marvel at Olivia's abounding energy -- and her mom's abounding patience and love.

Readers will be equally enchanted with the book's illustrations. Using simple black and white with splashes of red may sound a bit harsh for a child's eyes, but simplicity, detail, and humor go a long way. Olivia appears at the beginning of the book standing and listening to headphones that are bright red. She then dresses herself in a very smart sailor dress that is, yes, red. Throughout the story, Olivia is shown engaging in her many activities, of which the only colored highlight is a shade of red. Perhaps this serves to counter the active and supercharged (but lovable!) antics of Miss Olivia. In any case, it just works -- wonderfully. Favorite images include Olivia visiting the museum with her mom and brother. Standing in front of a Jackson Pollack painting she declares, "I could do that in about five minutes." And when she she gets home, she gives it a go with some crayons and her bedroom wall. Olivia, you're one heck of a pig.

Publishers Weekly
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 masterful use of black line, a minimum of details, a judicious use of the color red and a few choice words, Falconer invents an unforgettable porcine heroine." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Olivia is a masterpiece of simplicity that portrays the complex, imaginative psyche of children. Olivia's boundless energy tests her mother's patience and her little brother's endurance, while wrapping herself into the reader's heart. Deciding what to wear takes a full page of choices, all executed in charcoal and gouache with highlights of red. With humor and honest emotions, Olivia is "every child" who accepts Degas, Jackson Pollock and Maria Callas as equals. Her bedroom walls reflect her Pollock phase, which causes Mom to say, "Time out!" When Olivia negotiates with her mother over the number of books to be read at bedtime, every parent smiles. Olivia is a Caldecott Honor Book that proves the maxim that "less is more." 2000, Antheneum, $16.00. Ages 4 up. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
This modern classic is available as a book plus CD. The work of Ian Falconer comes together with the haughty voice of Dame Edna and interludes of classical music that give movement to the illustrations. For instance, the spread of Olivia trying on all of her clothes is accompanied by a dizzying flurry of music. Also, while in the museum, Olivia dreams of being a ballerina while Tchaikovsky plays on. Dame Edna's signature voice sounds just right for a little pig that is all at once exhausting and adorable. The only downside to this recording is that it does not include cues for the page turns, sometimes leaving the reader behind in the action. Overall this is a very enjoyable pairing that will delight many new and old Olivia fans. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-From the articles of clothing strewn across the front endpapers of this droll account of Olivia's escapades, readers may surmise that this porcine heroine is no ordinary youngster. Olivia is constantly on the move, dreaming big dreams and meeting every challenge head-on. She doesn't just get dressed, she tries on every outfit in the closet. She doesn't just dance, she envisions herself as a prima ballerina bowing before an adoring audience. When her mother teaches her to build sand castles, Olivia creates a towering structure that closely resembles the Chrysler Building in New York City. When she views a Jackson Pollack painting in the museum, she immediately concludes that she can do better and proceeds to try her hand at painting a wall at home. Her efforts earn her time out and a bath. The text is brief, funny, and sometimes ironic in relation to the highly amusing illustrations. The only touches of color in the pictures, executed in charcoal and gouache, are the bright reds of the clothing or objects used by Olivia. There are often many renderings of the young pig on each large white background, effectively demonstrating her boundless energy. Even at day's end, she is still going strong, negotiating the number of books to be read at bedtime. For a lively storyhour featuring feisty females, pair this with Kevin Henkes's stories about Lilly.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Karen Carden
Not only is this one terrific picture book, but it's Falconer's first...Illustrations are stunning, done in stark black and white with splashes of true red. Together, the words and pictures evoke smiles, giggles, and a rare but thrilling sense that this book may be absolutely perfect.
The Christian Science Monitor
Richard Corliss
Falsoner, whose work has appeared on New Yorker covers, has given her [Olivia} so much porcine panache that she would win over even the strictest parent. Most of the time.
Time
People Magazine
High energy piglet Olivia excels at all kinds of things, especially wearing people out. A charming tale sure to strike a chord with the grade school set.
Kirkus Reviews
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. Rarely have readers seen a pig with such joie de vivre and panache. The brief, declarative text is an unadorned introduction to a character who will gain instant recognition and quickly be taken to heart. The story very simply follows the irrepressible Olivia (along with her somewhat forbearing family) through a typical day from morning to night, with excursions to the beach and the art museum. A delicious irony is established between the spare, deadpan text and the ever-ebullient and excessive Olivia. "Olivia gets dressed. She has to try on everything," says the text. Thus begins a parade of 17 outfits and 17 poses on a double-page spread. While young readers will love picking their favorite among the 17, by far the funniest is Olivia in her pantyhose. Much of Olivia's personality is conveyed through her generous, expressive, and slightly quizzical mouth, as she ponders a Degas at the museum or suffers the indignity of a "time out" after re-creating a Jackson Pollock on her bedroom wall. Characterizations are deftly accomplished with minimal line. Illustrations are rendered in charcoal and gouache in black, white, velvety gray with lipstick-red accents. Flawless decisions in composition and page design, generous white space, and a few exaggerated perspectives add much to the book's distinction. Although the most visual weight is given to Olivia, just waiting on the sidelines is Olivia's little brother Ian. New fans of Falconer can only hope Ian will soon star in his own book.
From the Publisher
Dame Joan Sutherland Every granny will recognize and love Olivia and her theatrical desires!

Hilary Knight Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!

Mikhail Baryshnikov Many dream of dancing on the stage, but Olivia has the legs for it.

David Hockney Olivia's grasp of abstract composition is extraordinary for a six-year-old.

Gloria Steinem At last, a pig with self-esteem!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416980346
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Olivia Series
Edition description:
Book and CD
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
730,066
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
Dame Joan Sutherland Every granny will recognize and love Olivia and her theatrical desires!

Hilary Knight Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!

Mikhail Baryshnikov Many dream of dancing on the stage, but Olivia has the legs for it.

David Hockney Olivia's grasp of abstract composition is extraordinary for a six-year-old.

Gloria Steinem At last, a pig with self-esteem!

Meet the Author

Ian Falconer is a painter and illustrator whose illustrations have graced many 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, Covent Garden, among others. Olivia is his first children's book. Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.

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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the greatest kids books. I enjoy reading this book over and over to my five year old daughter. As a parent I can really relate to Olivia's mom! I hope there will be lots more Olivia adventures to come. She sure seems to have the energy for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read- The night I bought it I called both of my sisters and my best friend to tell them about it- they have all 3 since purchased Olivia! What a cute little pig!
Sandra Rankin More than 1 year ago
I teach preschool and my kids love Olivia. She is a Preschooler! She has such an imagination! The art work is beautiful. A winderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a high engaging book that my 2.5 year old daughter enjoys. As a parent, I find the book useful for teaching behaviors and discussing life situations.
Maddie McCartney More than 1 year ago
This book is lovely and very fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is the perfect size and text for an infant- preschooler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a mischevious little pig that likes 'To drive people crazy!'. She has to try on every thing she owns before finding something to wear. She is so funny in what she does and what she wears, everyone i have showed it to has just loved her. Compliments to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My lil sis is crazy for olivia she will love it! But i dunno if my dad will say ok
clairedelune0426 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved these books and this is no exception!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "age range" [3 to 5] is too narrow. Growing up is a process of learning about, and testing, knowledge of the world and those who live in it. Olivia is like my other favorite role model for girls - Dora. They are intelligent, curious, and brave; willing to learn new skills and try things out to see what works, including challenging parents. There are messages for 2 year olds, but also wisdom and insights that are important for 12 year olds. A critical message is to never stop learning and questioning - an important, life-long skill to stay alive and relevant. Olivia's insights and critiques - about both Pollock and Princesses underscore her intelligence and the wisdom that her parents both encourage and permit as opposed to "do this" or "value that" or "believe [whatever]" "because I say so". All 7 of Ian Falconer's books are not only wonderfully readable but provide critical and important learning for parents and children. Sadly - tragically - there came a day in the life of my daughter where she stopped watching her collection of "Dora" movies because her "friends" in School kept telling her that "Dora was Stupid" or was "Just for babies". Parents and children should hang onto the curiosity and spontaneity of their children, as depicted and emphasized by Olivia for as long as they can: maybe forever. GET THE WHOLE SET AND READ THEM EARLY AND OFTEN.
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A little pig with abig imagination
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My daughter Dezeray loves Olivia. This book is NOT Olivia! The chacters are naked!!
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