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Olivia Forms a Band Hardcover – June 6, 2006
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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
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Olivia is hilarious and her imagination is played out in these books. This one is her idea of forming a band on 4th of July. I love how most pages are simple illistrations using only minimal color. The black and white images are adorable and really pop with the touches of red.
Great book for children of all ages.
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.Read more ›
My favorite part is when Olivia has to go to the bathroom. Then her brother Ian has to go. Then her brother William has to go. That is my favorite part because it is interesting.
I think people who like pigs would like this book because the main character is a pig. I also think people who like funny stories would like this book because it is very amusing. So if you love pigs or if you love to laugh go get this book!
But I found the overall plot line a bit less compelling in this one. The climax to making the band sort of deflates when she ends up not taking the band to the picnic and fireworks. Yes, it's funny at the end when Mom stumbles across all the instruments but it was a little less fulfilling in general.
Falconer is also brilliant, I will say, about just making Olivia a strong, strong girl. I love the dream image at the end where Olivia dreams she is sitting amongst the Supreme Court justices! Amazing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Olivia is just the kind of feisty literary role model I want for my girls.Published 9 months ago by RK
My granddaughter was sooo happy to receive this book. This is her favorite Olivia book. Gramma PatPublished 13 months ago by Pat L