by Ian Falconer

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It's everyone's favorite pig...it's OLIVIA!

The Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times #1 bestseller is now available in a sturdy format perfect for pig-loving toddlers everywhere!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689874727
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Olivia the Pig Series
Pages: 34
Sales rank: 36,831
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series, including Olivia, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, to name a few. Falconer’s illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1959

Place of Birth:

Ridgefield, Connecticut


Studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Dame Joan Sutherland Every granny will recognize and love Olivia and her theatrical desires!

Hilary Knight Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!

Mikhail Baryshnikov Many dream of dancing on the stage, but Olivia has the legs for it.

David Hockney Olivia's grasp of abstract composition is extraordinary for a six-year-old.

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

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Olivia 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 190 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the greatest kids books. I enjoy reading this book over and over to my five year old daughter. As a parent I can really relate to Olivia's mom! I hope there will be lots more Olivia adventures to come. She sure seems to have the energy for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read- The night I bought it I called both of my sisters and my best friend to tell them about it- they have all 3 since purchased Olivia! What a cute little pig!
Sandra Rankin More than 1 year ago
I teach preschool and my kids love Olivia. She is a Preschooler! She has such an imagination! The art work is beautiful. A winderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a high engaging book that my 2.5 year old daughter enjoys. As a parent, I find the book useful for teaching behaviors and discussing life situations.
Maddie McCartney More than 1 year ago
This book is lovely and very fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is the perfect size and text for an infant- preschooler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a mischevious little pig that likes 'To drive people crazy!'. She has to try on every thing she owns before finding something to wear. She is so funny in what she does and what she wears, everyone i have showed it to has just loved her. Compliments to the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My lil sis is crazy for olivia she will love it! But i dunno if my dad will say ok
clairedelune0426 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved these books and this is no exception!
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet Olivia, your All-American pig. She is rambunctious, curious and just plain cute! Youngsters will relate to Olivia's desire to stay awake as well as some of her daily routines. We see Olivia at home, on the beach and in a museum. Simple black and white pictures accompany the text, with splashes of red that highlight little Miss Olivia. The museum scene offers parents and teachers a great way to introduce a first time museum experience. The book ends with a read aloud bedtime story, and therefore lends itself wonderfully to the real world task of settling your little one in for the night, This book is sure to become many children's favorite, and is therefore recommended for all kids under the age of 7.
jh127876 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Olivia" is a wonderful little story about a little pig whose name happens to be Olivia. The story focuses and illustrates the typical day, adventures and misadventures in Olivia¿s life. "Olivia" does not tell the story in so many words but instead threw gorgeous illustrations. "Olivia" is personally my favorite children¿s book, the simple way the illustrations bring out the little pigs personality is simply magnificent. The author, Falconer, Ian uses color contrast in a very effective way to bring life to this book. Red is the only color presented in this book and it is my belief that "Olivia" would be spoiled if any other colors were present. The story itself uses very few words, and the sentences are not even constructed very well. One can easily see that "Olivia" is intended to be a very easy read for young readers. As a future teacher I have a few extension ideas for this book. One is that it be used in an animal week by having the teacher read different books about animals including this one. I think this book could also be used to show children how effective color can be at taking your attention. Maybe the teacher could wear all red during the day see reads this book, or have a game where all the children tries to wear only one color of clothing during the day the book is to be read.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is simple and short enough that a little one can sit through it, and the humor is subtle enough to catch an adult or older child. What's not to like? In addition, in the board book form, we've got a very sturdily constructed book here. I can picture it lasting through a war. It's heavy as heck, but it's sturdily built, easily capable of withstanding a teething kidlet.
drruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful story of opinionated pig
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great for grades 3-5. Olivia is a trouble-maker and uses her imagination for everything. This book was great with illustrations and teaching life lessons.
dMegan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites so far, but I've heard it rumored that this book appeals more to adults than children.
Meerkat4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very fun book to read at night time. The author even throws in a promo for reading to your children, and how it makes them become interested (at least that's what I thought). It was simple in nature, as it should be, but the art did justice to the story even in its simplicity. Probably why it was a Caldecott honor book. I laughed at the part when , in the process of counting, the story teller made fun of Olivia's little brother in that he copies everything she does, including putting on make-up. It's those sorts of things that make the reader not even realize that they are learning because the book is so much fun.
ryann0423 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a sweet pig Olivia who just likes to be herself. She is so full of life and brings fun to the black, white and splashes of red, illustrations. She has tons of energy and wears her mother out, who still tells her she loves her anyways. Many older siblings can relate to Olivia because he brother follows her and copies all she does. This books shows kids to be themselves and dream big dreams. It is a fun story that could be read during personal reading time or read aloud time.
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a handful. In a typical day she creates huge messes messes, makes unrealistic demands and generally wears everyone out. The smudgy charcoal illustrations with sparing use of bright red accents capture Olivia's personality wonderfully and are a nice compliment to the text. Details from famous paintings stand out against some simple illustration and offer a great entry point to expose young children to great works of art. Well intentioned but overactive preschoolers (and their parents!) will likely recognize themselves in this witty and attractive book. Highly recommended for children ages 3 - 6.
kimbrady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in Ian Falconer's series of "Olivia" books. It details a typical day in Olivia the pig's life, and shows some of her interests. Falconer shows that little people can have big ideas and dreams, and that they have personality and character of their own. For example, Olivia likes to sing and dance, enjoys the sun and the art museum, and dreams of being on stage. The illustrations are simple and fantastic, capturing the humor of a child with a million conflicting interests and ideas.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful children's book features an energetic pig named Olivia. I love that the book uses actual pieces of art (that Olivia sees at the museum) mixed in with the cartoon drawings. The book's illustrations are done in black, white and red, which makes the well-known paintings stand out even more.
CamilaDeVeau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Olivia is a young pig who has a knack for wearing people out. Olivia is a story that shows typical activities that Olivia would do throughout a day. Some of these activities include building a sandcastle, visiting the museum, painting her own masterpiece (on the wall of her house), and playing dress up. Olivia does not like to take naps or sleep. She is a determined little pig with a lot of humor and excitement in her day. Teaching Implications: Olivia is a Caldecott Honor winning book whose pictures are unique in their use of color (grayscale and red) and shadows. Olivia could be used to do an illustrator study of the pictures and discussion on the use of color and illustrator¿s style could be introduced after reading the book. Olivia could also be used to teach cause and effect. For example, when Olivia gets too much sun, her family leaves the beach, when Olivia paints on the wall, she goes into timeout, when it rains, Olivia goes to the museum.
AmyPollard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is basically a day in the life of a little girl pig named Olivia. She plays dress up, dances, and plays with her little sister. She stresses her mother out.I love the illustration in this book which makes it easy to understand why it won a Caldecott award. I was draw to it because of the cuteness of Olivia.In the classroom, students could connect with this book by discussing the ways they help out and the ways they bother their parents. Hopefully in the end they will learn more ways to help.
MaeBHollie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia Olivia is the story of a little girl piggy, who lives the life of just about any 3-6 year old child. "She is very good at wearing people out." and also consequently wearing herself out. Olivia has a little brother and cat, she plays with them and annoys them. Olivia also does normal things like get herself around in the morning, take naps, and get dressed. She has gone to the beach and learned to make sand castles, she even goes to look at art at the museum. Eventually Olivia gets herself into a bit of trouble, but all is well, mom still reads her a story at bedtime. This book is a neat little modern fantasy that affirms the realities of everyday life for a VERY busy and active child. Its chock full of humor and the pictures are given the Caldecott honor; they are bright and fun to look at. The reading is easy and very light, something nice for the interest level of around 3-6 years of age. Some of the problems with the book are that it is very "Girls oriented", the book is also as a television cartoon, which may be noted as a distraction from the story for some readers, in this particular case I think the fact is neutral.Extension activities for the classroom can include talking about what we do sequentially each day and how we make our schedules/ agendas for the day. Each child could write out a schedule for what they really do on a Saturday and one for what they would LIKE to do on Saturday. As children get older the schedules become more complex.
KimSiljeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Olivia is such a sweet character. I appreciated the author's humor and got a real kick out of her visit to the art museum and how she went home and also tried to paint on her mom's walls just like the art she saw in the museum. I could potentially read this book to my kindergarteners.
mcgoldsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Precious book about little Olivia who is always into some kind of trouble. The day is spent with her as she is put into time out for misbehaving, refusing to nap, and argues with her little brother Ian. In the end, Olivia's mother puts her to bed and kisses her soflty and lets her know that she will always love her- no matter what.