Olivia: with audio recording [NOOK Book]

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.
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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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442427327
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Series: Olivia Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 175,751
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Falconer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Just the best, ever!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    LOVE IT-LOVE IT- LOVE IT!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Winderful book

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Awsome!

    My lil sis is crazy for olivia she will love it! But i dunno if my dad will say ok

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Recommend

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Dumb

    My daughter Dezeray loves Olivia. This book is NOT Olivia! The chacters are naked!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Book is the perfect size and text for an infant- preschooler.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    olivia

    I have always loved these books and this is no exception!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Lovely book!

    This book is lovely and very fun to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    The Cutest Childrens Book to Hit the Shelves This Year!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Frfrr

    Fvfcrcrfgrfrf

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    A imaginative book

    A little pig with abig imagination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Yo

    Yoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyooyoyooyyooyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyooyyoyoyoy

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Cousin

    My little cousin likes it and now she said that it's lame

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Pretty good

    Narration by Dame Edna is brilliant but the piano music throughout is annoying. Overall a cute story.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    cute story

    Olivia may be a bit pricey, but such a cute story

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    bull crap

    not worth 13.00 so dumb

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    wonderful music!

    cute story, illustrations and wonderful music

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    not worth the money

    not worth12.99.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    anonymous

    good book

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