Picture Books | October 1, 2000

byIan Falconer

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Have fun with Olivia...

-dressing up
-singing songs
-building sand castles
-napping (maybe)
-painting on walls
-and -- whew! --

going to sleep at last.

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Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. Olivia is one of those rare picture books that introduces you to someone brand new and exciting and quite familiar at the same time. Olivia is a young piglet with a positively...

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Have fun with Olivia...-dressing up -singing songs -building sand castles -napping (maybe) -dancing -painting on walls -and -- whew! -- going to sleep at last.

Ian Falconer is a painter and illustrator whose illustrations have graced many covers of The New Yorker magazine. 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. Olivia is his first children?s book. Mr. Falconer lives in New Y...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689829531

ISBN - 13:9780689829536

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Great story....i just love these books!
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Great story - and a high quality board book version. Good value for the money.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny I laughed my head off
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ???? What is the first to the last book of the olivia series? Are you going to keep writing them? They are great!!
Date published: 2002-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Olivia Olivia is a fantastic story and easily one of the best children's picture books I have ever read. There is a wonderfull marriage of delightful illustrations and entertaining text that had every employee at my office chuckling and raving about Olivia...I understand that children like it too!
Date published: 2001-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Olivia My daughter received this book for her birthday and wants it read to her every night. She recognizes herself in this very original pig and so do I. We love it!
Date published: 2001-01-30

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From the Author

A conversation withIan FalconerCreator of OLIVIAQ: 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 in only black, red, and white, rather than in full color? And what is the significance of the salmon color in OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS?A: By eliminating most colors, it helps you focus on facial expressions and graphic situations without a lot of color and details obscuring the basic emotional architecture of the story. Salmon comes from Olivia's dream-world palette. More theatrical.Q: The work of Jackson Pollock has become instantly recognizable to young children since your inclusion of one of his paintings in OLIVIA. How did you come to select that painting in particular?A: Because most kids would look at it and say, "I could do that in about five minutes."Q: Many people have remarked upon the unusual portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt on the wall of Olivia's bedroom in OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS. Why did you select Mrs. Roosevelt to be featured in the book and why this particular portrait of her?A: I chose Eleanor Roosevelt because she is a great role model and because it's totally absurd. This particular picture is animated and funny.Q: What were some of your favorite books as a child?A: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Higglety Pigglety Pop! And Eloise, of course.Q: What artists do you consider to be your greatest influences?A: Picasso and Matisse (although you wouldn't know it from the books).Q: Did you have a favorite pet as a child? Do you have any pets now?A: Yes. A dachshund named Runzel and a seagull named Henry.Q: You had a seagull?A: I found it after it had been abandoned, so it was semi-wild. Eventually he was released into the wild.Q: Did you particularly like the circus as a child? Did/do you have a favorite circus attraction?A: Yes, I enjoyed the circus. There was an old clown named Lou Jacobs in the Ringling Brothers circus who did an act as a hunter with a dachshund dressed as a bunny rabbit.Q: Did you ever tell an outlandish "show and tell" story of your own?A: No, not that I remember. Although I had a very active imagination, I was very shy in front of other people. (But I dressed up a lot.)Q: Where is your next OLIVIA book going to take your heroine?A: Only Olivia knows!Q: What are you working on right now?A: Costumes for a production of Turnadot at the San Francisco Opera and Olivia Book #3.

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. Olivia is one of those rare picture books that introduces you to someone brand new and exciting and quite familiar at the same time. Olivia is a young piglet with a positively heroic supply of energy and imagination -- she can occupy herself with just about anything and has a copycat brother named Ian whom she feels she must keep in line, being the sagacious elder sister that she is. Spare but delightfully expressive pencil and charcoal illustrations are embellished with fire-engine red in appropriate spots, especially in Olivia's clothing -- she's quite a little fashionista, who cannot get dressed in the morning without trying on everything from tutus to turtlenecks. (She even manages to get her entire body into one leg of what we assume are her mother's pantyhose.) Olivia is also very clever -- from her mother's instruction on creating basic sandcastles, Olivia expands on the technique to craft an impressive scale model of the Empire State Building. Her creativity is not limited to sculpture, though. Olivia is a brilliant dancer (when she should be napping), a Jackson Pollock protegée (whose work earns her a time out) and a voracious reader (she haggles with her mother to get three bedtime stories instead of one). As she finally floats off to sleep, she is a scintillating diva à la Maria Callas.Olivia is simultaneously every energetic child you've ever known and a force unto herself. As she and her mother say goodnight, parents everywhere will smile at the familiar expression of affection that passes between them. Ages 3-7.

Editorial Reviews

Gloria Steinem At last, a pig with self-esteem!