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Ian Falconer
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6 Aug 2009
Olivia is back! She has decided to form a band: a one-pig band, to be exact. And, as we all know, Olivia is certainly capable of making enough noise to sound like an entire orchestra ...Featuring gatefold flaps, fireworks, experiments with lipstick an a very cross mummy, the fourth Olivia book is simply and hilariously told and gorgeously rendered - sure to delight Olivia fans of all ages!!

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847386040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847386045
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.2 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When not telling Olivia's story Ian Falconer designs sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House in London. He lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
To an adult, Olivia in this story displays all of the most frustrating aspects of crossing the generation gap such as obsessing over something that doesn't matter (matching two red socks from a drawer full of seemingly identical socks), insisting on doing something that cannot be easily done (being a one-person band), switching interests at the drop of diaper, not cleaning up after herself despite reminders, taking hyperbole literally, being impatient when something cannot be rushed (like the start of fireworks), and wanting to pursue activities that are too grown-up (such as wearing lipstick).

To a toddler, Olivia is a wunderkind of amazing imagination, ambition, and freshness. Her attention span is about as long as the toddler's, but she has more interesting things on her mind. Her obsessions aren't so different from a toddler's obsessions. She's fussy about her clothes as toddler's often are. She suggests the exciting possibility of veering towards aspects of adulthood, going beyond a youngster walking around in her mother's shoes. She's good at quoting back to her mother things that she said that support Olivia's point, expressing that important desire to be independent.

Of course, the drawings beautifully express the adult-toddler humor at both levels while employing a powerful minimalism. But the minimalism is expanded upon here. To the traditional black, white, and red for Olivia, Ian Falconer adds a turquoise hue for the drawings beginning with Olivia dressing up to be a band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the others... 27 Mar 2013
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This is a lovely book - beautifully illustrated and amusing for us adults reading it to our kids. My daughter likes the books a lot, but this one is slightly on the too-long side and she lost a bit of interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLIVIA 20 Mar 2010
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My grand-daughter is called Olivia and she has most of the 'Olivia' books. We love reading them. Excellent pictures and stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS LITTLE PIG!! 13 Jun 2006
By MCT28 - Published on Amazon.com
Big fan of Ian Falconer's wonderful Olivia. This book is a blast, the story if filled with good humor and insight, and the drawings are once again spectacular. I am always amazed by the facial expressions, more eloquent than any word. Olivia's bigger-than-life personality will not disappoint those who already know her, and captivate all those who read one of her books for the first time. A must have in any library, for kids of all ages.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous addition! 22 Jun 2006
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
My now 2 year old daughter has been obsessed with Olivia for about six months now. We've read all of the books dozens of times so when Olivia Forms a Band was released, we made a special trip to the bookstore just to get this book -- and it was worth it. She is even reading Olivia's and Ian's names and a few other short words in the stories now. In this book, she is particularly fond of the pages when Olivia is making all that noise with her band.

Ian Falconer's little piglet never fails to present loads of teaching opportunities for toddlers (when we were reading the first Olivia ad nauseum we had a lot of discussions about what happens when little girls paint on the wall -- "trouble" -- what happens when little girls get in trouble -- "time out," that mama still loves the little girl even if she gets in trouble, where little girls are supposed to paint -- "paper," etc.; similarly my daughter has learned forgiveness, that doggies don't always understand the rules, etc., from Missing Toy, and that there are times for make believe and times when we have to tell the truth from Olivia Saves the Circus. She also has developed an interest in playing the piano because Olivia plays the piano). This book carries on that grand tradition. Olivia wants her family to be in a band with her for the fireworks, but no one wants to join her. She does not let that deter her, but decides to make her own one-pig band. She borrows and collects all sorts of noise makers and is very creative in choosing her instruments and putting the band together by herself. She also is clever in how she collects the instruments she needs. Instead of just grabbing the toys from her brothers, she trades them other things they want and remembers to say, "thank you." We have had a lot of talks about sharing, trading and "please" and "thank you" that this book helps to reinforce.

Since I have to read these books every night (sometimes we read ALL of them every night for a week or so), I appreciate the humor that is aimed at adults, and this book is no exception to Mr. Falconer's wry humor. I particularly enjoy Olivia's search for a matching red sock among the sea of red socks already on her bedroom floor. I also love Mr. Falconer's ability to understand and portray the mind of a small child. For example, Olivia, having made her band and played with it for a bit, is completely done with the band (except putting it away, that is) by the time the family is leaving for the fireworks -- even though that was the reason she wanted the band in the first place.

The pictures are spectacular, particularly the sunset at the beach and the fireworks, and my daughter and I both can enjoy these stories. This new Olivia story does not disappoint in the least and is a pure blessing for a mom that has been reading about Olivia every night for months on end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the lipstick! 11 Oct 2006
By A. Woodcox - Published on Amazon.com
My four year old loves the Olivia books, and we couldn't wait to get this one. We laughed the whole way through, especially when she put on the lipstick. Hooray for Olivia!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Laughs 13 July 2006
By Janis Presseau - Published on Amazon.com
My daughter and I love to read these stories. This one was adorable. We always laugh at the LIPSTICK illustrations. They are a riot. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia Forms a Band by McKenna S. 22 April 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Olivia Forms a Band is about a pig named Olivia. In the beginning Olivia could not find her other red sock, but a few minutes later she finds the other red sock. In the middle Olivia tells her mom I will make a band. The mom asks, "And who will be in the band?" Olivia says, "Everyone." Her mom says, "But we are going to a picnic to watch fireworks." At the end,...STOP! Please read the story to find out what will happen at the end.

My favorite part is when Olivia has to go to the bathroom. Then her brother Ian has to go. Then her brother William has to go. That is my favorite part because it is interesting.

I think people who like pigs would like this book because the main character is a pig. I also think people who like funny stories would like this book because it is very amusing. So if you love pigs or if you love to laugh go get this book!
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