Olivia Goes to Venice

Olivia Goes to Venice

by Ian Falconer


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In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416996743
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Olivia the Pig Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 279,246
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series, including Olivia, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, to name a few. Falconer’s illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1959

Place of Birth:

Ridgefield, Connecticut


Studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute

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Olivia Goes to Venice 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
While it's always difficult to resist that perky little porker, Olivia, it's impossible now that she's visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Venice. Yes, sporting a gondolier's hat with its ribbons flying she's about to take that storied spot by storm. (almost literally). As most know by now Ian Falconer has created one of the most appealing children's book characters to be found. Olivia,along with her brother, Ian, and their mother and father have shared many adventures - from forming a band to visiting a circus to preparing for Christmas. Now, they're off to Italy. It's spring vacation and Olivia wants to take along her snorkel, flippers and water skis lest the city is under water - mother prevails. Happy to hear that she'll find pizza and ice cream everywhere Olivia enjoys their overseas flight. Upon seeing the beautiful Grand Canal lined with incredible palazzos Olivia begs to live in one of the palazzos. Of course, she was disappointed when this couldn't happen but a gelato or three cheered her. They're all overwhelmed by how much there is to see - Piazza San Marco, the bevy of pigeons, the gondolas, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs. Everything about Venice is grandly overwhelming to Olivia and she decides she must find the perfect souvenir of their trip. Young readers will laugh and be surprised at exactly what that is.......as well as its effects upon the city. The Olivia stores simply become more delightful with each telling. - Gail Cooke
reader_writer_traveller More than 1 year ago
We travel to the beautiful city of Venice often and so I ordered this book for my six year old, who adores both Olivia and Venezia, even before it was released. We read it together with such delight! But I will admit the reader should know a bit about Venice and its history to truly appreciate the humor of the ending (I won't give it away other than to say that it has to do with a real event that occurred in Venice in the early 1900s.) I know we will read and re-read this story many times to come.
Victoria Olson More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book and great for kids of all ages.
SoCalUKgirl More than 1 year ago
My 3 1/2 year old received this book as a Christmas gift. We just had a chance to read it and it was great. She enjoyed the illustrations and asked questions. It has sparked my curiosity for other Olivia books!
VishVD More than 1 year ago
misscopaneca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book brings back memories of my backpacking through Europe trip; Venice was my favorite city. My fellow backpacker friend was also attacked by pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, and we most certainly ate too much gelato! I loved the illustrations in this book with the photographs of Venice as a backdrop for Olivia's adventures. The text, however, I felt wanting. I tried to read this book in my bilingual classroom, but the expressions and language were not easily understood by my English Language Learners.
ijustgetbored on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia is, as always, charming. The larger-than-life pig leaves her mark (quite literally) on the city of Venice as she accompanies her family there on spring vacation. The running joke of eating too much gelato will be appreciated by children and adults alike (the disgruntled gondolier's miffed "tourists!" is a wry poke at Americans abroad). Olivia's search for the perfect souvenier brings out, as always, her unique and discriminating personality: never satisfied with the everyday things that would content the average person (pig?), never willing to settle for anything less than the most unique and memorable piece of Venice she can find. It's a lesson for children in seeking out things of more than passing value. Indeed, the whole book is about throwing oneself wholeheartedly into the experience of another culture: even if you're going to be doing the "tourist thing," do it to the hilt, and leave nothing out. End up, like Olivia, utterly exhausted, on a plane trip home, with your dreams and your big, big imagination to immortalize your experiences. Youth is not wasted on the young, if you can embrace your world as Olivia does.
hokonow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fun, adventurous story is about Olivia, a piglet, as she explores the beautiful city of Venice, Italy. Olivia enjoys all that Venice has to offer, from the art to the historical tourist attractions, and the story is touched with comedy as Olivia travels from place to place. Since this story is part of a larger series about Olivia's adventures, it is perfect for young readers who enjoy reading about Olivia and all her fun escapades!
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kelly lanzi More than 1 year ago
I am in 6th grade and I even read it. This book is great for all ages. We read it in latin class amazing!!!!
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