44 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.4 in
October 1, 2001
Atheneum Books For Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 068982954X
ISBN - 13: 9780689829543
From the Publisher
Step into the ring with Olivia, where the lights are dim, the color soft, and a little girl's imagination is the main attraction.
Olivia remembers her trip to the circus very well. The performers were out sick, so she had to do everything. She...
-rode on a unicycle
-jumped on a trampoline
-juggled five balls!
-and flew through the air.
About the Author
Ian Falconer Ian Falconer is a painter and illustrator whose has illustrated the cover of The New Yorker magazine many times. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among others. "Olivia" is his first children's book, for which he won the 2001 Illustrator Award from the Book Sense Book of the Year Award Children's Prize. He won the same Award in 2002 for "Olivia Saves the Circus."
From the Author
A conversation with
Creator of OLIVIA
Q: We know that the OLIVIA books are about your niece, but are there any autobiographical parts as well? If so, what?
A: Of course. One always draws on one's own experiences as well. I was always a very busy child -- making things.
Q: How did you decide to portray OLIVIA as a pig?
A: Pigs are very intelligent creatures. They seem to have a more human quality than, say, chickens -- like dogs.
Q: Were you surprised by OLIVIA's enormous success?
A: Yes. I was completely overwhelmed.
Q: You have worked in a wide variety of artistic media, including set design, costume design, magazine illustration, and book illustration. What do you like best about creating children's books?
A: I've always felt that children's books are for the most part condescending toward children and miss how smart children are. Their little hands and mouths may not be able to articulate what is going on in their sharp little brains. Writing children's books is an opportunity to express this, and it seems to be appreciated by both children and adults.
Q: Olivia's family plays a supporting role in both books. Are any of the characters in Olivia's family based on your own family?
A: All of the characters are my sister's family: my niece Olivia's parents, her two little brothers, and their cat and dog. But they are all just peripheral. It's really all about Olivia -- at least in her mind!
Q: Why did you choose to illustrate OLIVIA