Olivia! She's one little piglet with imagination, direction, and an enthusiastic taste for life. And now the lovable porcine heroine is back in a counting board book, showing toddlers just how proud and charming the numbers 1 to 10 can really be.
On the beach, in bows, or wearing a scary mask, Olivia gracefully gives each number her own special style. "2 two bows" shows her wearing an adorable outfit, complete with two bright red bows on her ears, and "7 seven accessories" reveals a pleased Olivia in a red cap, with 6 other objects lying nearby. Other pages include "3 three pots of paint," "4 four aunts" looking quite authoritative, "9 nine toys," and -- the pièce de résistance -- "10 ten Olivias" in different costumes and poses.
Ian Falconer's piglet is the perfect host for counting. Olivia will keep preschoolers giggling with her expressions, and her can-do demeanor will give them confidence to learn. The author's familiar three-color charcoal and gouache illustrations are also well suited for new readers, as each red number pops from the page, helping them recognize it at once. A playful companion to Olivia's Opposites, Olivia Counts is a lesson in learning with attitude. (Matt Warner)