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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's; New edition edition (10 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689860889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689860881
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like a previous reviewer, I decided to buy this book for my almost-5-year-old the second I looked at the illustrations (the Jackson Pollock page had me rolling in the aisles of the British Bookshop in Vienna). What I adore about this book and its sequel -- apart from the loving respect shown for Small People With A Will Of Their Own, and the sly humour that keeps grown-ups from rebelling at the 39th reading -- is the appreciation for the arts (ballet, painting, architecture, opera...) that Falconer manages to slide in. My daughter, an aspiring ballerina, painter and circus performer, finds a great deal of affirmation and support for her own little dreams in Olivia's adventures -- as well as a good conspiratorial chuckle, when she sees that she and her Mummy are not the only ones at odds over what's a better use of time, a nap or a good bounce on the bed. Just brilliant!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have bought this book and most of the others in the series for my strong-willed, ballet-loving little girl and she absolutely loves them. The illustrations are gorgeous and the text/storylines hilarious. Like Olivia, my little girl also feels that painting on walls is a perfect outlet for her artistic tendencies and views naps as a nice idea - but strictly for other people to indulge in!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrius Uzkalnis on 11 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
My daughter adores it; maybe because she is much like Olivia, the endearing female piglet with ballet aspirations.
The best books for children are those not looking down on them, where humour is grown-up and where the writer is not afraid to talk to a child as an equal.
Limited to black and red, laconic colour scheme is very expressive and lets the child's imagination run wild.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Olivia, Olivia, Olivia, my daughter-in-law's requests for books for my dear granddaughter. Ian Falconer vividly portrays Olivia as one of those pigs, um..er.. you would like to know. She is smart, creative,(draws on her walls as well as any unknown painter could), and articulate- she addresses her mother in full sentences and seems to know without a beat the questions her dear mother will ask. Olivia is without a doubt the best darn pig this side of the Mississippi. The pictures in Olivia are billiant- Olivia favors the color red. Olivia has it all, a storyline that will hook the mom and dad as well as the child, large print, easy to read, and an end to the story that invites another book to come..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emma Cochrane on 5 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Olivia will hit a note of familiarity with any young child or parent. Her behaviour, right down to the details (every morning she moves the cat, tries on every outfit in her wardrobe...) more reminiscent of a pre-schooler than a pig, has a ring of truth about it and this originally illustrated book (striking drawings in red, grey and black) gives it the feel of something a bit special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jacrodgers@lineone.net on 21 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my Grandaughter, Olivia aged 6. She is very much like the Olivia in the book and wears us all out. The illustrations are beautiful and the use of a limited colour palette makes them even more striking. Olivia has not only learnt about painters, but also how not to put on a pair of Mum's tights. Fabulous book for all to enjoy.
Jackie Rodgers
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my `Olivia' aged 4 last Christmas - it could have been written for her. Determined, flamboyant but above all wonderful. Although the illustrations are spartan - they are still full of expression and dramatic.. A lovely book even if it's not for an Olivia!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Haldemann on 3 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant book about a little girl pig called Olivia. Olivia has style she goes to the ballet, musuems, and the opera. The art work is a delight. This book can be enjoyed on so many levels. When Olivia goes to the museum she enjoys the Degas painting, imaginging herself as a ballerina, but on being shown a Jackson pollock thinks she could do that her self.....and she does in her bedroom much to her poor mothers chagrin ! Its a hoot!
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