Author: Ian Falconer
Genre: Animals / Family / Manners / Comedy
Year Published: 2000
Year Read: 2011
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Series: Olivia #1
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)
When I heard about the popularity of “Olivia,” I wanted to give this book a shot and I am glad I did! “Olivia” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Ian Falconer which is about the adventures of an energetic girl piglet named Olivia who does all kinds of activities that tires her family out! “Olivia” is the perfect story for children who love trying out new things everyday!
Olivia is good at many things such as wearing people out and dressing herself up in different types of clothes. Olivia also has a little brother named Ian, a mom and dad, a dog named Perry and a cat named Edwin that she lives with. Olivia loves going to the beach and building sand castles and she loves going to museums and imagining herself as a ballerina dancing on stage. After Olivia has a day of strenuous activities, she goes off to bed, dreaming of doing more things.
Wow! This book is so amazing! I always wanted to know about the hype that “Olivia” had received over the years and now I know why this book was so popular! Ian Falconer has done a brilliant job at both illustrating and writing this story about a young piglet who shows the audience about what it truly means to be hyperactive! I loved the way that Ian Falconer based this book on his real family life as he actually has an older sister named Olivia who loved doing many things and he is the younger brother in this book, which made this book extremely memorable. I also loved the way that Ian Falconer made Olivia into your average energetic child who loves trying out new things, even though her parents do get tired out by such an energetic child! Ian Falconer's illustrations are extremely beautiful and creative as the illustrations are mainly in black and white colors, except for Olivia's clothes, which are always shown in red colors and that makes Olivia truly stand out from all the other characters. I also loved the images of the paintings that Olivia sees in the museum as they are real paintings from the museum and the image I thought was the most breathtaking in this book was the image of Olivia imagining herself as a ballerina!
Overall, “Olivia” is a truly beautiful book about children just having fun in their lives! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
* 2001 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Children's Illustrated
* 2001 Caldecott Honor