- Number of Pages: 40
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Have fun with Olivia. dressing upsinging songsbuilding sand castlesnapping (maybe) dancingpainting on wallsand -- whew! --going to sleep at final.
Olivia would be Eloise, if Eloise were a pig. She is excellent at singing 40 fairly loud songs and is very good at wearing men and women out. When her mother tucks her in at night and says,"You know, you really put on me out. She is also quite skilled at reproducing Jackson Pollock's"Autumn Rhythm #30"on the walls at home."And scaring the living daylights out of her small brother, Ian, especially when he copies her every move. But I love you anyway,"Olivia precociously pronounces,"I love you anyway too.
The New Yorker artist Ian Falconer's endearing charcoal portraits of his porcine heroine are spotted with fire-engine red gouache in each of the proper places--perhaps a tribute to Hilary Knight's red, pink, white, and black celebrations of Olivia's human counterpart? (The only time her shades-of-gray body is pink is when she is sunburned and also the area exactly where her bathing suit was is white!) Falconer does a fine job of letting the spare text set up the jokes for the visual punch lines--a dryly humorous interplay that adults will appreciate as much as children. When she dresses up, the bow on her ears, her red lipstick, and her high-heeled shoes are all red.
Preschoolers (and their parents) will see themselves in Olivia--a typical high-energy, over-the-top kid who likes the beach and Degas paintings, but hates naps. While we are certainly reminded of Eloise, Falconer's portrait is simpler in scope, less demented, and, as a result, less adult. Bottom line: precocious is fun, and we're tickled pink to have Olivia join the parade of, let's just say, individualistic youngsters. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson On the other hand, she combs her ears and is unusually gifted at sandcastle building.
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