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Olivia and the Missing Toy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As a parent, I've always been drawn to children's stories where the child is so silly that it makes my own children realize where they have the same weakness. When that happens, we laugh about the silly person in the story and assure one another that we would never be so silly. Naturally, such a self-drawn lesson is more powerful than one that comes from me.

Every child becomes obsessed about certain things. This book will make good reading for them. Hopefully, they will learn by seeing themselves in the piggish mirror of Olivia.

I was especially attracted to the 12 part cartoon on the end papers of the book that show Olivia using tape to get her favorite bear to sit up. That little wordless story nicely sets the stage for the main event within.

The opening page of the book provided me with enormous chuckles. I could barely stand to leave the page. Olivia is seated on a camel in front of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid with her toy. The caption is "One day Olivia was riding a camel in Egypt . . ." But it all turns out to be but a dream. When she awakes, her mother reminds he it's time for soccer practice that morning. The red-loving Olivia dislikes that her uniform comes in "a really unattractive green." Olivia asks her mom to make a red soccer shirt instead. Olivia's mom agrees, but Olivia finds waiting to be intolerable so she takes her toy bear out to play with the cat. Finally, the shirt is done . . . but horror of horrors, her toy is missing! She throws a fit and starts looking around. While playing the piano on the dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise and searches out the cause while carrying a large candelabrum. She finds her toy has been chew up by the dog, Perry! Her father appeases Olivia by offering to buy her another toy. But in the meantime, she fixed the toy and made it even more humorous than ever. Olivia swears off dog books as a result, but she eventually forgives Perry and lets him back into bed with her.

To me the strength of the story was the Olivia takes the initiative to solve the problem of her missing toy . . . and then doesn't hold a grudge. The message is that things happen, but we shouldn't take them too seriously if we can repair matters. That's a good lesson for us all.

I think this book will be even more amusing for low-key children who don't get easily upset as they see how another child might react.

I love you, Olivia!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2004
This book is a joy to read for an adult or child. I challenge you as a parent not to laugh out loud at the behaviours it covers. I bought it for a friend's daughter called Olivia. I think it will be something she'll treasure for a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2005
Maybe Im biased, because my daughter's called Olivia, but when I read this book I fell in love. The stories are so typical of the stroppy little madame, that is a toddler girl, and the illustrations are gorgeous and hilarious at the same time! Im going to buy every one of them and guard them with my life, this book is enchanting to say the least, an absolute quality publication!!!!!
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on 28 December 2009
My daughter really enjoys Olivia & the character reminds me of her as well. This a great story about Olivia losing her favorite toy only to find it but not in the same state it used to be. My daughter has a froggie that she loves to death & was so upset when Olivia lost her toy, it was almost as bad as losing her froggie. We've read this story so many times she knows it by heart, well worth it for any Olivia fan.
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on 24 October 2008
My daughter and I absolutely love the Olivia series helped, of course, by the fact that my daughter is also called Olivia.

All of the books are a joy to read and funny to both adults and children. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
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on 8 October 2012
LOVE the Olivia books but this kindle version needs to be produced properly - the words don't line up properly with the pictures and therefore it is very stilted to read and disjointed - VERY disappointed.
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on 18 June 2009
Olivia is one of my daughter's favourites. As a parent I love the way the author introduces 'cultural' activities into his stories and the illustrations are great too.
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on 8 January 2013
Quirky, funny, sweet, with a good plot -- a favourite read of my 3-year-old daughter. Looking forward to getting more books from Olivia's series.
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on 13 November 2011
my american aunt got me this beacause my name is olivia and i have got a little brother called william
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on 21 February 2015
Wonderful. I love Olivia.
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