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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
Loved this book!!! My favorite part was when she read 3 books. I will be buying more books like this.Published 3 days 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 10 days 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 17 days ago by Madame tete rouge
Such a cute book! My daughter loves the Olivia character so we read this all the time.Published 24 days ago by April Freeman
My grand daughter loves this book so much I had to purchase more of the Olivia books.Published 1 month ago by K. Burke
After picking up a copy of Olivia in the board book format, I checked out the original from the library to see what was missing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie Allison Gordon