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NOT the Olivia I Know
on December 13, 2010
As a children's librarian, I have loved the Olivia books by Falconer and have watched hundreds of children love them, too. This is NOT that same Olivia. Olivia is a snarky little girl with a bit of the odd about her. She is charmingly offbeat and hilarious. Olivia Claus was not written by Ian Falconer. The little girl portrayed in this book shows none of the charm of the Olivia of the other books. In fact, this could be ANY little girl. The story is just a cutesy, schmaltzy Christmas story - not at all what is expected of Olivia. Buy "Olivia in Venice" instead and see how Olivia causes everyone to laugh out loud.