Figuring up from down is a blast when Olivia's helping us! In this playful companion board book to Olivia Counts, Ian Falconer's popular piglet leads toddlers through an imaginative lesson in opposites.
Long, short, coming, going -- Olivia does it with flair. On the "up" page, the adorable heroine is jumping high in the air, and she's lying flat on her back on "down." "Coming/going" shows Olivia in a red safety helmet, riding in on a scooter and practicing her balancing on the way out. And with her lion tamer gear on, Olivia gets into a roaring match with a ferocious feline on the "quiet/loud" spread. More charming Olivia opposites include plain and fancy, open and closed, and long and short.
Depicted in simple and charismatic three-color illustrations, Falconer's Olivia is one entertaining teacher. Youngsters will be drawn to her go-get-'em attitude, and with her snout held high in the air, Olivia's as pleased as punch to help them learn. Olivia is one piglet that's definitely the opposite of dull. (Matt Warner)