Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Olivia)
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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Olivia)

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In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them!Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2012)
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Sparrow
Dec 29, 2012 Sparrow rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Martha Graham
It has been previously mentioned once or twice that Olivia is my favorite. It is true. Olivia rules.

In this one, my particularly favorite part, other than the end, which is awesome, is the Martha Graham page. Also, good use of the words "corporate malfeasance." And Ian Falconer's drawings are, as always, amazing.

Ranking:

1. Olivia And The Missing Toy. It has the fold out page, including the surprise, and that is difficult to beat. Plus, it has a premise that is compelling to for all ages. Or, may...more
babyhippoface
I loved the original Olivia. It was different. It was clever. It cracked me up. I have loved the subsequent Olivia books less, though. They just didn't have the same snappy qualities of the first book.

Until this one. The Olivia that made me chuckle is back, and she's determined to stand out from the crowd. Oh, she may have wanted to be a fairy princess dressed all in pink once, but that was when she was little. Last year. Seriously. She's all grown up now. Pink is in the past.

Olivia still wants...more
Jillian
Olivia is in a dilemma. Of course, Olivia is a total princess, but she does not feel that special being JUST a fairy princess anymore. It seems like all of her friends are also fairy princesses, and Olivia wants to stand out! To fix her dilemma, Olivia brainstorms ideas on what she could be instead of a pink loving, fairy princess when she grows-up. How about an Indian princess? Or a French Sailor? There are so many decisions for Olivia to make. What will she decide? Will she choose to be a fair...more
Stacy
The book is good, but the implications of Olivia and the Fairy Princesses go far beyond the surface.

Olivia is a candidate for president in our library's Vote for Books program. Yet she CLEARLY states, on the very last page of the book, that she intends to overthrow our government and establish herself the head of a MONARCHY! She doesn't want to be our president in this time of need - she wants to be a mere figurehead, sitting pretty and dripping in jewels.

Every vote counts; make sure yours is in...more
Olivia Pitchford
This is a very well written and entertaining book. Ian Falconer, the author and illustrator, compiles a story about a young girl who questions why exactly every young girl wants to be a princess. The book takes the audience through Olivia's identity crisis of wanting to be something more than just a princess. Olivia finds herself not wanting to be like most of the girls her age, instead she wants to be and individual, which is a great message for younger girls. The author takes the reader throug...more
Alana
Olivia is back to true greatness in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Admittedly, any Olivia is generally better than whatever else is out there, but this one's a true gem as Olivia fumes over the large number of girls (and even a few boys) who are mad about dressing up like pink princesses (don't they know there are LOTS of kinds of princesses, she wonders). At parties, at Halloween, at ballet... all the others just seem to lack Olivia's imagination and she struggles with the fact that everyone...more
Jacquie
First, Maria Callas love.
Now, Isadora Duncan love. Falconer explains a plucky heroine in dress and posters so that adults can 'get it', too.
Having just taken my seven year old granddaughter for her annual "Day Out", when she can name the restaurant in which to eat and also pick out a *small* (as in somewhat inexpensive) gift just for her, this book flashed through my mind. A gut-wrenching decision had to be made-- should she go for the pink sparkle spray 'cologne' at Bath and Body Works, or a si...more
Shanshad Whelan
Okay, I'll admit it here. I've never read an Olivia book before. Why? Umm . . . no good reason except I'm not especially enamored of pigs and just didn't happen to pick any of them up. Until now. I was straightening the children's section and this one landed in my hands and I just had to read it. What sold me on it is Olivia's expression on the cover, one that indicates the "fairy princess" costume she's wearing is not a source of joy and happy pinkosity.

Now, of course, I'm going to have to go a...more
Hannah
Olivia is hilarious; a demanding, sarcastic, intelligent madam who some little girls I know will definitely relate to! This book is about Olivia realising that she no longer wants to wear pink and be a princess, because everyone else is doing it and as she says: "Why do they all want to be the same?" which elegantly opens the debate for children on diversity and fitting in.

Personally my favourite part of the book is the illustration of a Halloween party, where Olivia had come dressed as a wartho...more
Dolly
Dec 27, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
For some reason, we never really got into the Olivia series by Ian Falconer. We've read several of the books and liked them, but we just weren't entranced by the storylines or the main character.

When I saw the cover of this book, I was a bit wistful. Our girls went through a fairy princess phase themselves and had this book come out then, I'm sure they would've loved it. I figured they'd just roll their eyes if I brought it home now, though. But I decided to borrow it from the library and just...more
Valerie
Olivia is back in another cute tale about being unique
Olivia, the stubborn and funny pig, is back in another adorable children’s book. This time, Olivia is tired of everyone wanting to be a fairy princess, even some of the boys. At birthday parties, the school dance recital, and even Halloween, all anyone wants to be is a Fairy Princess. But Olivia wants to stand out and be unique in her own way. As Olivia goes through a list of all the different things she could be, she finally decides somethin...more
Arlene Allen
It's been years since Olivia first took readers by the heart; her exuberance and uniqueness have not lessened or grown stale as many other series characters (sadly) do after a long run. In this volume, Olivia is having an "identity crisis" - she's tired of conformity and does not want to be a princess - unless it's one from India, Thailand, Africa or China (and she's right! there are more options that pink sparkly fairy princesses). Olivia is a true iconoclast - who else would go to the school H...more
Jess
Some picture book series become less inspired as they go on (I'm looking at you, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes). Others, like Olivia, somehow manage to maintain their brilliance. Or is it just that I sympathize with Olivia a little too much? "If everyone's a princess, then princesses aren't special anymore! Why do they all want to be the same?" Exactly, Olivia. Exactly.

Bonus points for the inclusion of: The Little Match Girl, Martha Graham, non-sparkly princesses, matador pants, corpo...more
Margaretann
I feel a little mixed up about this book.

On one hand, I love Falconer's attempt to diversify the image of the fairy princess. I think there is a good message in this book about being yourself and embracing different-ness. I think for little girls who have pink shoved down their throat and aren't exposed to other interests, this is a good thing.

On the other hand, I found the tone of the book to be slightly mean-spirited toward the girls who do genuinely have a love for pink, princesses and balle...more
Brenna
Confession: I’m a huge Olivia fan, and this particular book is one I’ve easily read 20 times. Whoever I read (and yes, it simply must be read aloud) this book to, whether they be a child or an adult, they fall in love – who can resist this stylish, independent, dramatic, stand out piglet? She’s absolutely charming!

For this particular book Olivia struggles with wanting to stand out from all the other fairy princesses in her ballet class. While her mother tries to prepare her for bedtime Olivia la...more
Meridee
Run and get this book right now. I mean it, right now! Love, love, love it! Not really for children--I think that it was written just to please me. Just to make me laugh and smile. From the very beginning I was smiling because the dedication reads, "With deepest apologies to Martha Graham." I have always love Olivia but now I am positively mad about her. Please Ian Falconer, more like this!
Jim Erekson
This book had such promise! The voice and Olivia's interesting and odd choices were so funny throughout the book. I laughed out loud when she said, 'Just the part where everyone gets eaten.' Then at the end when she made her final decision, it was so anti-climactic I wished Falconer had just put 'the end' after the page about corporate malfeasance--one of my favorite moments this year!
Leigh
Olivia is a bright, precocious piglet who understands how shallow every little piglet is for wanting to be a princess. I love this story, although I think it appeal to slighter older kids who are not traditionally minded girls. And as usual, the illustrations are hysterical.
Scoot
Having just recently started reading picture books again (yay for a newborn expanding my horizons) I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Olivia is a spunky girl (pig), with a personality that stands out. Olivia wants to be unique and the story follows her mental journey through a day of deciding what she wanted to "be". As an adult reading a lot of infant board-books it was refreshing to read a story to my three month old that didn't rhyme and had 'big' words. Any children's book wi...more
Mary
This is the anti-Pinkalicious, anti-princess book for kids (and adults) who have had enough of princesses and the color pink! You can't help but laugh out loud at Olivia and her way of thinking.
Shannon
TOO funny! Although I've never seen a kids picture book ("ages 3-7") with the word "malfeasance" used! Kudos to the author for not dumbing things down! Loving the Olivia books :)
Mary
Oh, Olivia. I hope you DO become a reporter and expose corporate malfeasance. And after that, I hope you become President. President Olivia is JUST what we need.
Dina
I love Olivia and this book is great for all of our little princesses who might want to imagine life as someone other than a princess.
Mauoijenn
What's there not to love about Olivia??!!
I can't think of one thing. :)
Kathryn
I usually really like Olivia but this one fell flat for me.
Allison
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.
Beverly
What I Liked About This Book: I have been a big fan of Olivia since I first read the original book to a group of kindergarten students about a decade ago. Olivia may be exasperating to her mother, but I love her independent nature, originality and self confidence. She is a strong role model for young girls. Olivia's adventures in this latest installment highlight all of those character traits.

In recent years, I've noticed a series of Olivia books based on the popular Saturday morning TV show. Wh...more
Michelle at Booksmykidsread
The original Olivia book is one of my favorites. I haven't enjoyed a lot of the other Olivia books, but this one was pretty awesome. Olivia isn't against the idea of being a princess, but she doesn't understand why everyone has to be the same. She brings up the idea of being a princess from another country, or dressing up as something different like a warthog for Halloween. This is a great book about being an individual and striving to be the best.
Red Balloon Bookshop
Olivia returns, this time in the throes of an identity crisis--”and what should I be?” she exclaims. To her father, of course, she will always be “...my little princess,” but Olivia wants to stand out from the very crowded field of pink princesses galore. Why not an Indian princess, or an African princess, she reasons. After bath time, her mother reads her a story about a beautiful maiden rescued by a prince! Olivia protests and in exasperation, her mother offers her the story of The Little Matc...more
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Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of all the titles in the bestselling Olivia series: Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus,Olivia...and the Missing Toy, and Olivia Forms a Band. His illustrations have also graced many covers of the New Yorker. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), among o...more
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