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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
I don't like the sarcastic tone from the author. The sense we get is the author doesn't particularly like his grand daughter and thinks she's a brat. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen
The beginner approach to the charming Olivia- pig of great imagination and grace. Great for small hands and laps. Will not bore parents.Published 21 months ago by madpoet's inc.
I wasn't sure if this was going to be the full Olivia story, just in boardbook form... but it was! Delightful and sturdy, excellent value for your money.Published on March 12 2010 by Kelly Woodley Jupp
thanks very much to the company. the book was in excellent condition and came promptly to my door. good work!Published on Aug. 16 2009 by V. allossery
I agree with one of the other reviewers who said that it's for the hip mommies and daddies, I don't agree that this book is wonderful however. Read morePublished on May 11 2004
I don't get it, I've read this book to my son and I think it's boring. Highly overrated.The illustrations are dull and colorless. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
This is the most fantasically, incredible book. I have bi-polar disorder and the joke ok my house is Olivia is a BP pig! This was so great!!! Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Suzy
This book rocks! The art was delightful, even the expressions on little Olivia's piggy face. She is an active little "girl" who is into so many different things: from beautiful art... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by W.M. C.