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OLIVIA, the spirited heroine of the bestselling books Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, and? Olivia...and the Missing Toy, has a new showcase for her inimitable talents and imagination; her very own theater designed to introduce children of all ages to the magic of the stage.

OLIVIA is good at lots of things, including singing, dancing, and being in the spotlight. Starring in productions of Swan Lake, Turandot, and ...

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2004 Hardcover AN 0689878168. Brand new and still in protective shrink wrap. Olivia's very own theater featuring three full stage sets, six Olivia dolls and three Ian dolls, ... etc.; MCF03011; 4to 11"-13" tall. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Welcome to Opening Night!

OLIVIA, the spirited heroine of the bestselling books Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, and? Olivia...and the Missing Toy, has a new showcase for her inimitable talents and imagination; her very own theater designed to introduce children of all ages to the magic of the stage.

OLIVIA is good at lots of things, including singing, dancing, and being in the spotlight. Starring in productions of Swan Lake, Turandot, and Romeo and Juliet, Olivia is in her element as leading lady extraordinaire in this elegantly constructed set that promises hours of fun.

TEATRO OLIVIA INCLUDES:

• Enchanting scenery, including three full stage sets!

• Six Olivia paper dolls in ravishing costumes, and three Ian paper dolls!

• Teatro Olivia's very own Playbill (trademark sign), featuring revealing plot summaries and scintillating biographies of the players!

• Extra stock for budding set designers to create their own backdrops!

Pull the doors open. Fold down stage. Hang backdrops. Play!

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If there was ever a true starlet born for the stage, Ian Falconer's Olivia is it. Now, the porky heroine headlines in her own "teatro," which containing all of the ingredients for a masterful performance. Boxed in a fold-out stage that includes all of the props to create scenes from "Swan Lake," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Turandot," this must-have includes colorful stage backdrops -- audiences can even draw their own scenes using the blank backdrops inside -- Olivia and Ian figures, and an amusing Playbill. For easy setup, all of the figures and backdrops are labeled according to performance; while the Playbill gives lengthy synopses of the three pieces, short bios of the lead actors, and a description of how to use the theater. Bound to make any playtime magical, Teatro Olivia is just right for younger kids looking for more fun with their favorite character and for more sophisticated types who will go hog-wild staging Tchaikovsky or Puccini.
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The feisty porker literally takes the stage in Teatro Olivia. Fans first spy her peeking out of the curtain on the sturdy cardboard cover, which opens to reveal an elegant 3-D stage that lowers like a drawbridge to accommodate enough scenery to present three plays: Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Turandot. Falconer, with his background as a set designer, transports the audience to 14th-century Verona and Peking, China ("long long ago") with ease, and leaves no detail untapped: a Playbill (with a cover scene aficionados will recognize from the heroine's debut, Olivia) gives a synopsis, a "Who's who" and offers additional activities. Various Olivia figurines in appropriate costumes (marked according to the play in which they are to be used) and the scenery tuck neatly away into a drawer in the Teatro box (like a costume trunk). Youngsters will indulge in many encore performances with this clever package. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878169
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/19/2004
  • Series: Olivia Series
  • Pages: 10
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 13.70 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of all the titles in the bestselling Olivia series: Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia...and the Missing Toy, Olivia Forms a Band, and Olivia Helps with Christmas. His illustrations have also graced many covers of the New Yorker. 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.

Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.

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 November 13, 2004

    Olivia Fans Celebrate!!!

    Ian Falconer has returned to his rich roots of set designing, and created an environment for Olivia fans to truly relish! I just bought this set today, and it is wonderful. The main stage is sturdy and cleverly put together. There are spaces above and to the sides for character placement and manipulation. The included drop down sets are beautifully evocative charcoal drawings, and there are even two extra blank sets to inspire budding scenic artists. A large built in drawer allows for storage of all the included 10 scenic backdrops and 12 figures, with plenty of room left for creations of ones own. The included figures are sturdy and beautiful renditions of classic Olivia poses, with several original to this set and well in keeping with the Porcine Diva we have all come to know and Love! This lovely set perfectly captures Olivia's feisty zeal for life and of course the theatric, which made the original book so inspiring to all who have ever known, (or been) little girls. I love the fact that Falconer returned to his roots with this one, and brought out his little diva in a setting which will inspire countless ideas and hours of fun for Olivia fans young and old. In an era where so many toys are expected to stimulate without themselves stimulating creativity, this play set is in a class by itself. Teatro Olivia is truly an item which will provide a myriad of expressive possibilities! Thank You Mr. Falconer!!!

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