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Teatro Olivia Hardcover – September 19, 2006


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Perfect for Olivia fans, Teatro Olivia allows aspiring starlets, ballerinas, and set designers to create their own masterpieces on a miniature fold-out stage. And what a venue it is! The stage set folds out of its own gorgeous and richly illustrated box, allowing for easy setup (and cleanup). Teatro Olivia includes all the props to recreate "Romeo and Juliet," "Swan Lake," and "Turandot," with wonderful background scenery panels, 9 Olivia cutout figures, and even an Olivia Playbill. --Daphne Durham

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Inside Teatro Olivia


Welcome to Teatro Olivia

The show is about to begin...

Ta Da! Olivia is on stage!
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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, Olivia Forms a Band, and Olivia Helps with Christmas. 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Olivia
  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books; Act Ina No edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315618
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.5 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gita Ladd on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ian Falconer has returned to his rich roots of set designing, and created an environment for Olivia fans to truly relish! I just bought this set today, and it is wonderful. The main stage is sturdy and cleverly put together. There are spaces above and to the sides for character placement and manipulation. The included drop down sets are beautifully evocative charcoal drawings, and there are even two extra blank sets to inspire budding scenic artists. A large built in drawer allows for storage of all the included scenic backdrops and figures, with plenty of room left for creations of ones own. The included figures are sturdy and beautiful renditions of classic Olivia poses, with several original to this set and well in keeping with the Porcine Diva we have all come to know and Love!

This lovely set perfectly captures Olivia's feisty zeal for life and of course the theatric, which made the original book so inspiring to all who have ever known, (or been) little girls.

I love the fact that Falconer returned to his roots with this one, and brought out his little diva in a setting which will inspire countless ideas and hours of fun for Olivia fans young and old.

In an era where so many toys are expected to stimulate without themselves stimulating creativity, this play set is in a class by itself. Teatro Olivia is truly an item which will provide a myriad of expressive possibilities! Thank You Mr. Falconer!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With elaborate fold-out sets, six Olivia paper dolls and a Playbill that offers up plot summaries, your child can create a world of his or her own for Olivia. In addition, there is extra stock so that kids can design their own backdrops, letting their imagination soar. This is a wonderful package, perfectly timed for the holiday season, and sure to be a winner under the Christmas tree.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joan E. Flora on July 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought "Teatro Olivia" at the beginning of summer, and my kids have spent hours playing with it. The material is sturdy and has taken a lot of play from my children and their friends. Extra blank backdrops are included in the package, so my children have been busy making up new plays to present--Sponge Bob, Harry Potter, Anne of Green Gables and so on. Thanks for a great educational toy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Streett on February 19, 2008
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My 11 year old daughter LOVES the "Olivia" books and we thought this would be a great gift as well. She enjoyed the process of setting up Olivia, the cast and doing some shows for us. She's played with it a few times since, but we have to encourage her to take it out of the bookshelf.

Might be a bit better for a younger Olivia fan, but a great push to imaginative play!
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This is a lovely little imaginary play tool for a careful child. We bought this for our daughter when she was 6, and at the age of 9 she continues to find joy playing with it in new ways.

This is an imaginary play toy; a tri-fold, fold out paper theater on a hard, chip-board backing. It has a nice semi-glossy finish, which makes carefully wiping the occasional sticky fingerprints off quite easy. There are a series of thick paper backdrops to hang from the theater (which could easily be softly laminated for durability if desired) including: Three backdrops from a Shakespearean play that include garden, courtyard and balcony scenes, three backdrops from Russian ballets that include two twisted forest archways, as well as a darkened castle on a lake (Swan Lake), an opera backdrop with a closed curtain that resembles the Metropolitan, and three Asian-themed backdrops that include a rounded red archway, a red pagoda, and red columns encircled by green dragons- perfect for "performing" Madame Butterfly or Turandot. There are little paper doll "actors" for Shakespearean tragedies (or comedies), opera singers for Turandot (or any other opera your little one can dream up), and a bevy of ballerinas for the Russian ballets your child "performs" featuring them. There is also a playbill that presents Turandot, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet: this offers a synopsis of the performance, action for each of the acts, and information on the "players": Olivia the Pig and her brother Ian.

This toy is very cute- great for fans of the Olivia books and for those with a penchant for drama and marching to the beat of their own drums. Each time our daughter plays with it, she gets more involved with the storytelling and the play action- even going to the lengths to "print up" play tickets for us to attend a special performance. She thoroughly entertains us (and herself) for hours and has managed, with care, not to lose or damage any of the smaller parts.
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