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Olivia Goes to Venice Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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"Fans of this series will no doubt find this title humorous and enjoy the piglet's newest adventure." -- "School Library Journal"
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About the Author
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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Anyway, I am happy to read this one again and again even though there is a bit too much gelato. Loved the airport scene.
The illustrations of Venice are worthy of a book in their own right (Falconer's day job is as a theatre set designer.)
The only reason I give it 4 not 5 stars is because it just didn't capture me quite as much as previous Olivia stories - a high benchmark to meet. It still exceeds the standard of a great number of bestselling children's books.
Worth the investment - it will be read again and again.
Neither one of us has been charmed by this one. It seems to me that following his success with the previous books Ian Falconer is allowed total free reign to have whatever he pleases published. The story is one paced and repetitive, and far too far fetched- even for Olivia, to the point of being quite cringe-worthy. I don't usually mind the way Olivia stories go off on little tangents, but in this one the dialogue just seems stilted and very self-conscious. The illustration uses far more photography than the other books. In the previous books the 'real life' elements are used with wit and consideration, in 'Olivia goes to Venice' the vast majority of the backgrounds are photography which completely obliterates the charm of the drawn elements, and to be frank, just looks kind of tacky. Being an illustrator myself, I know the importance of challenging your own style and trying to push things forward, but this just seems too fashion oriented and comic-like; too far at odds with the original limited colour, hand-made, sensitive feel of previous Olivias.
It is a shame, because Olivia was a refreshing alternative to a lot of mainstream children's books; but 'Olivia goes to Venice' is just quite simply a disappointment.
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