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The New Yorker artist Ian Falconer's endearing charcoal portraits of his porcine heroine are spotted with fire-engine red gouache in all the right places--perhaps a tribute to Hilary Knight's red, pink, white, and black celebrations of Olivia's human counterpart? When she dresses up, the bow on her ears, her red lipstick, and her high-heeled shoes are all red. (The only time her shades-of-gray body is pink is when she is sunburned and the area where her bathing suit was is white!) Falconer does a fine job of letting the spare text set up the jokes for the visual punch lines--a dryly humorous interplay that adults will appreciate as much as children.
Preschoolers (and their parents) will see themselves in Olivia--a typical high-energy, over-the-top kid who likes the beach and Degas paintings, but hates naps. On the other hand, she combs her ears and is unusually gifted at sandcastle building. While we are certainly reminded of Eloise, Falconer's portrait is simpler in scope, less demented, and, as a result, less adult. Bottom line: precocious is fun, and we're tickled pink to have Olivia join the parade of, let's just say, individualistic youngsters. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson
This is one of my favorite books in my children's collection. Olivia reminds me so much of my 2.5 year old - getting into mischief, indecisiveness, wittiness. Read morePublished 1 day ago by DakOdin
Wonderful story. Just happened upon it. I can see why it is very popular with toddlers.Published 10 days ago by SL Silver
Ordered this to read to my daughters who range in age from 2-5..they love the book. The laugh at it and just really enjoy it. It is often times requested at bedtime.Published 11 days ago by Chris
Adorable book unless you're reading it three times in a row at 5:30 in the morning to a very awake 1 year old who suddenly decided it's her favorite book ever. Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. Young
Loved this book!!! My favorite part was when she read 3 books. I will be buying more books like this.Published 1 month ago by Amy
How is this book 16th in the category: Children's Books > Animals > Pigs? Is there really 15 better books in this category? I will have to read them.Published 1 month ago by H.A.T.
Sweetest children's books ever - got this as a baby gift and if she chews, tears wobbles over...it's sturdy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Madame tete rouge