40 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 in
October 1, 2000
Atheneum Books For Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689829531
ISBN - 13: 9780689829536
About the Book
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good. Of course, it's another story for Olivia's exhausted mother. Full-color illustrations.
From the Publisher
Have fun with Olivia...
-building sand castles
-painting on walls
-and -- whew! --
going to sleep at last.
About the Author
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 York City.
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
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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.
Gloria Steinem At last, a pig with self-esteem!