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Olivia Forms a Band Hardcover – June 6, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Olivia
  • Hardcover: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1ST edition (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141692454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416924548
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description:
Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself... all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best--making noise

Exclusive Art from Ian Falconer's Olivia Forms a Band



Why wasn't this picture included in the book? Here's a look inside the creation of a blockbuster picture book.


There were 60 images selected for Olivia Forms a Band out of over 70 pieces of art submitted by Olivia creator Ian Falconer. Sixty images may sound like a lot, but many pages are filled with multiple depictions of our porcine heroine. For instance, when you look at the page where Olivia is removing Daddy's suspenders, this page has nine separate drawings. On the other hand, the glorious fireworks scenes are all composed of one piece of art per page.


For this particular image of Olivia provided exclusively for Amazon.com customers, Falconer didn't feel like this artwork captured Olivia's true character. However, many people in-house at Simon & Schuster loved the picture and thought it was typical of a 5-year-old playing with her mother's lipstick. While there's a lot to love in this picture, Ian Falconer after all is the man behind Olivia. He knows better than anyone what makes something up to "Olivia standards." Sometimes that is as simple as being able to know which image works best for a particular moment in the book. In this instance Falconer felt the drawings that were used in the final book served the scene better, and with that this one was left on the cutting room floor.


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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–The latest escapades of a precocious piglet and the mother who attempts to both nurture and civilize her opens on the morning of a fireworks display. The charcoal-and-gouache scenes with their signature red highlights on uncluttered white backgrounds depict Olivia's family, but readers are soon treated to a series of surprises that include the introduction of a new color (turquoise), collage elements, a fold-out, and full bleeds. When the protagonist declares that a band is essential for the evening's entertainment and that, lacking one, she'll fill in, her mother's thought bubble fills with a photograph of a leaping rock band; Olivia's depicts the marching variety. The fold-out starts with the heroine as the sole majorette and reveals a full-size band of Olivias, with the score of a Sousa-like march printed boldly above. Falconer builds to a crescendo of two and a half pages that portray a picnic at sunset followed by a dazzling display of feathery fireworks. These compositions are predominantly charcoal; the family members, backs to readers, are outlined in the reflected yellow glow of an ascending rocket. The palette returns to the original color scheme in the denouement, a bedtime moment to which all ages will relate. With perfectly nuanced dialogue and a mixture of comical and artful scenes, Falconer explores the logic, invention, and humor emanating from a talented youngster, serious about the mission of the moment.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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More About 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, and Olivia Forms a Band. 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.

Customer Reviews

The stories and the illustrations are great and very funny.
Lynet M
OLIVIA FORMS A BAND is fresh, funny, and Ian Falconer at his best.
Paul A. Crichton
I own all olivia books and i cant wait for the Christmas Book.
printbooks intheUSA

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My now 2 year old daughter has been obsessed with Olivia for about six months now. We've read all of the books dozens of times so when Olivia Forms a Band was released, we made a special trip to the bookstore just to get this book -- and it was worth it. She is even reading Olivia's and Ian's names and a few other short words in the stories now. In this book, she is particularly fond of the pages when Olivia is making all that noise with her band.

Ian Falconer's little piglet never fails to present loads of teaching opportunities for toddlers (when we were reading the first Olivia ad nauseum we had a lot of discussions about what happens when little girls paint on the wall -- "trouble" -- what happens when little girls get in trouble -- "time out," that mama still loves the little girl even if she gets in trouble, where little girls are supposed to paint -- "paper," etc.; similarly my daughter has learned forgiveness, that doggies don't always understand the rules, etc., from Missing Toy, and that there are times for make believe and times when we have to tell the truth from Olivia Saves the Circus. She also has developed an interest in playing the piano because Olivia plays the piano). This book carries on that grand tradition. Olivia wants her family to be in a band with her for the fireworks, but no one wants to join her. She does not let that deter her, but decides to make her own one-pig band. She borrows and collects all sorts of noise makers and is very creative in choosing her instruments and putting the band together by herself. She also is clever in how she collects the instruments she needs. Instead of just grabbing the toys from her brothers, she trades them other things they want and remembers to say, "thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MCT28 on June 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Big fan of Ian Falconer's wonderful Olivia. This book is a blast, the story if filled with good humor and insight, and the drawings are once again spectacular. I am always amazed by the facial expressions, more eloquent than any word. Olivia's bigger-than-life personality will not disappoint those who already know her, and captivate all those who read one of her books for the first time. A must have in any library, for kids of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodcox on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My four year old loves the Olivia books, and we couldn't wait to get this one. We laughed the whole way through, especially when she put on the lipstick. Hooray for Olivia!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReaderGirl on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While I found this Olivia book to be less cohesive and charming than the three previous titles, I cannot agree with reviewers making dark claims that the author may be selling out. He is an artist making art; not everyone will love all of his work equally, but just because he does not succeed at the same level EVERY TIME does not mean he is selling out. (I also note that to me, the "counting" and "opposites" board books are not selling out -- what is wrong with putting this beloved character into a sturdy format suitable for toddlers, oh, and teaching them something at the same time?!)

Back to the title at hand, what I did not like about "Olivia Forms a Band" was the use of photographs when Olivia and her mother each envision their idea of a "band" -- I feel that drawings of pigs would have been charming, especially in her mother's vision of a rock band. Also, the new color introduced in this book, the blue, did not work as well for me as pink ("Circus") or green ("Missing Toy"). The Supreme Court photo at the end feels a bit tacked on. And finally, I'm sorry to say, the drawing of Olivia showing her teeth was, well, a bit creepy for my taste!

That being said, this is still the same charming Olivia. I love that she wants to form a band and that she goes about it with determination. I love that she changes her mind often -- what child doesn't? I love looking at the amazing way Falconer shows up Olivia's emotions with a few simple lines.

I eagerly await the next Olivia book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janis Presseau on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I love to read these stories. This one was adorable. We always laugh at the LIPSTICK illustrations. They are a riot. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Augustus Barringer on July 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic colors and Olivia marches to a new beat. I love the introduction of the new colors and the use of collage in Mr. Falconer's drawings. The lipstick scene is hysterical. Clearly Olivia sees herself as a super model, but when she is yanked out of the bathroom we see that really the lipstick is smeared all over her face. Very funny. I also love the way Olivia just walks away from the band when its time to go to the beach. Kids are like that- they just switch to the new plan. Olivia is original,clever, independent and busy as ever! Can't wait for the Christmas book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Meehan on June 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a preschool teacher and mom of a toddler, I am a huge fan of all the Olivia books. I think this one is by far the funniest. I cackled out loud as I read it in the bookstore. Anyone who has been around young children can relate to Mommy Pig's frustration that Olivia's obsession with the band consumes the house...up until the crucial moment. Then she's 'done' with it and leaves a mess on the floor. I love the little visual gags when she's borrowing Daddy's suspenders, and bribing baby brother with cookies and milk. Not to get too preachy, but I love that I can show my daughter that in all the books Olivia dreams of being something other than a Disney princess or movie star. Her final dream in this book is priceless. Look out, John Roberts!
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