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Olivia (Caldecott Honor)

Falconer, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0689829531 / ISBN 13: 9780689829536
Published by Atheneum, New York, 2000
Condition: Near Fine
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Illustrated boards with a few small indentations to front cover; matching dust jacket with small indentations on front panel (corresponding to dents in cover) Illustrated on every page using a limited color palette depicting everyone's favorite piglet. Rambunctious, intelligent and downright charming. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 006891

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Olivia (Caldecott Honor)

Publisher: Atheneum, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Illustrator: Ian Falconer

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Have fun with Olivia...

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

going to sleep at last.

Review:

Olivia would be Eloise, if Eloise were a pig. She is good at singing 40 very loud songs and is very good at wearing people out. And scaring the living daylights out of her little brother, Ian, particularly when he copies her every move. She is also quite skilled at reproducing Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm #30" on the walls at home. When her mother tucks her in at night and says, "You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway," Olivia precociously pronounces, "I love you anyway too."

The New Yorker artist Ian Falconer's endearing charcoal portraits of his porcine heroine are spotted with fire-engine red gouache in all the right places--perhaps a tribute to Hilary Knight's red, pink, white, and black celebrations of Olivia's human counterpart? When she dresses up, the bow on her ears, her red lipstick, and her high-heeled shoes are all red. (The only time her shades-of-gray body is pink is when she is sunburned and the area where her bathing suit was is white!) Falconer does a fine job of letting the spare text set up the jokes for the visual punch lines--a dryly humorous interplay that adults will appreciate as much as children.

Preschoolers (and their parents) will see themselves in Olivia--a typical high-energy, over-the-top kid who likes the beach and Degas paintings, but hates naps. On the other hand, she combs her ears and is unusually gifted at sandcastle building. While we are certainly reminded of Eloise, Falconer's portrait is simpler in scope, less demented, and, as a result, less adult. Bottom line: precocious is fun, and we're tickled pink to have Olivia join the parade of, let's just say, individualistic youngsters. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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