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Olivia in Venedig (Olivia)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,035 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
Osterferien! Urlaub! Olivia ist hellauf begeistert von der Reise nach Venedig, zumal sie hier dauernd Eis essen darf. Die Palazzi und die Brücken und Kanäle sind von wirklich ganz überwältigender Schönheit, das Gondelfahren faszinierend und die Tauben frecher als erwartet. Auf keinen Fall kann Olivia nach Hause fahren ohne ein perfektes Andenken. Fragt sich bloß, was die V ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Oetinger (first published June 30th 2009)
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look at all of my olivias!! the one in the middle who looks all dirty actually is very dirty, because she is supposed to be wearing red footie pajamas, but they keep falling off because she is a little nudist.
bad olivia!

anyway, look at that signature!!awesome ariel lied to ian falconer and told him i was a five-year-old girl (which makes me feel better because no girl my age should have this many stuffed olivias, and we haven't even photographed the olivia music box, the olivia alarm clock, the
8 March, 2013

Saturday we went back-to-school shopping which meant clothes, new lunch bags, and a visit to a bookstore. My beloved MIL was with us, and as we walked by a display of picture books she said something about missing that, now that the girls are so grown up. "I bring home picture books every time I go to the library" I said, "I read aloud to Tash just yesterday."

This is what I read aloud.

We both really liked the joke about Olivia and the TSA. We sighed over the pictures, we liked the
I love the concept here! Olivia travels to Venice with her family and sees all sorts of famous sights--Falconer uses collage style to put illustrations of Olivia et al at actual photographs or famous illustrations of places like Piazza San Marco and Bridge of Sighs. So cool! And he doesn't sacrifice one ounce of Olivia's personality in the process of bringing Venice to the palm of our hands. Brilliant! Now, I must say I was not especially happy with the way Olivia left Venice and I wish there ha ...more
Jane G Meyer
Jun 07, 2011 Jane G Meyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Okay, Falconer's illustrations are absolutely mesmerizing. They are fantastic, delicious, wonderful. But... I really don't like these Olivia books. She's sarcastic, which doesn't ring well with little ones, and she's naughty. I hated that in this book, Olivia pulled a brick out of the bell tower, and her parents didn't stay to face the consequences of a tumbling monument, but instead fled. Okay, I know this is just a story, but I can't stand it when the parents don't stand up for what is right. ...more
Mary Train
Dec 27, 2010 Mary Train rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a poor attempt at making Italian culture accessible to children. Although the images of Venice are eye-catching, making the illustrations creative, the story is truly horrible, in my opinion. When I read this story to my kindergarten class, their blank faces and confused interpretations of the story were all that was needed for me to lose complete respect for this book. This book is a perfect example of how publishers can exploit popular characters to make some money.
Sunday Cummins
fun read aloud with pictures of Venice; missed opportunity - a glossary with information about each of the pictures; story-line a bit weak - the problem is she needs a souvenir? and she never eats the pizza....

Gail Cooke
Nov 08, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

While it's always difficult to resist that perky little porker, Olivia, it's impossible now that she's visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Venice. Yes, sporting a gondolier's hat with its ribbons flying she's about to take that storied spot by storm. (almost literally).

As most know by now Ian Falconer has created one of the most appealing children's book characters to be found. Olivia,along with her brother, Ian, and their mother and father have shared many adventures – fr
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Exuberant Olivia is packing her snorkel, flippers and water skis for the family trip to Venice, Italy for spring vacation. Her mother informs Olivia those items won't be needed. We go to Venice with the family, and witness Olivia's first airport search, which pleases her greatly.

I enjoyed the armchair tour of Venice's famous landmarks and canals. The author did a wonderful job of including information and pictures of these to teach children about them in an Olivi
Okay, I'm a glutton for punishment. I find Olivia immensely irritating, so it took me a while to get to this book. I love Venice, so the rationale was, they'd even out. Well, they did! I was actually finding the story quite charming as Olivia's family journeyed through the narrow streets and grand spaces of Venice but then Olivia does something I don't find to be funny, but rather, kind of appalling. I don't even think I'll read this to my son because he can't think that what she (and subsequent ...more
Kristin Fletcher-spear
I did not like many things about this book. I love Olivia and I liked the usage of photography. I didn't like the destruction at the end and the parents' reaction to it. When it came to the souvenir that she was selecting I thought Falconer missed things to showcase about Venice (and come on, Olivia would have loved to have a mask!)
Seon Kim
The characters of the book are adorable. The book can teach readers new things about Venice. It can definitely can help children explore the different country that they have never been too. If the children have been to Venice, they can still make connection with the story.
This reminded me of our trip to Italy. Fun!
Olivia Goes to Venice was a very humorous story. It is a about the adventure of a pig name Olivia traveling to Venice. This children book is funny and it teaches the children about traveling and what happens when you travel. This book tell of Venice and all the thinks that is there for you to explore and see in Venice. The pictures of the place Oliva visit were very real and stood out giving the children a great pretty of the thing to see in Venice. I would recommend this book for ages three to ...more
Betty Caporal
This picture book does a great job in pointing out the main tourist attraction about Venice. When learning about geography and different parts of the world this book will be handy to use. This will be a great book to read before a students goes off to vacation to prepare them of what's expected when traveling.
Sadie Devin
Sep 29, 2016 Sadie Devin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el230b
This book could be used to read aloud to younger children or read alone by older children. This book uses illustrations as well as realistic illustrations of landmarks in Venice. This book has a common character that goes on vacation and gets to adventure in a new country. It shows what a vacation is like and important things they see. It teaches a lesson about not taking things without permission when Olivia takes a stone and the bell tower collapses and their trip ends. This helps students bec ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ycl
This is an analysis review on behalf of Columbia College Chicago's Children's Literature course. The following review may have some spoilers, but please read on and discus with me.

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Kaylee Mercer
I really did not enjoy this book at all. The story line and plot were both confusing.

Olivia and her family go on a trip to visit Venice, Italy. They vacation, see many sites, and eat LOTS of Gelato. At the end of the book, Olivia sneaks away and steals a brick from the Tower of Venice. With loud bongs and bangs, the bell tower comes crashing down.

This book could be used in the classroom to show a different part of the world. The illustrations were beautiful, I just did not enjoy this story.
Elizabeth K.
Aug 11, 2016 Elizabeth K. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-lucy
We love Olivia in our house, but this one seemed like a weak link. In general, I think Falconer does a great job of balancing Olivia's overly dramatic behavior with what is motivating it - that she is a quirky free spirit, but in this book, she comes across as merely bratty.

My preschooler doesn't have any context for Venice ... and the book doesn't provide very much. The images of the city are beautiful, but I am an adult who has been to Venice and knows what they are. My daughter seemed to have
Courtney Miles
Sep 18, 2012 Courtney Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a humorous book. Falconer tells the story of a little pig, Olivia, that travels to Venice with her family. While she is there she visits museums, takes a gondola ride, and eats lot of gelato. Before Olivia leaves, she destroys the tower in San Marco piazza. Falconer tells this story in a humorous way that people of all ages can enjoy.
The illustrations in this book were a combination between drawings, paintings and photographs. It was really interesting to see all the combinations of the
Chandler Hefter
Feb 01, 2016 Chandler Hefter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian Falconer takes the reader on a mesmerizing journey with Olivia, everyone's favorite little pig, through the beautiful city of Venice with her family in tow. We follow Olivia from packing, through airport security and from pigeon feeding, to gelato eating. Olivia takes Venice by storm and the reader feels like they are in Italy with her, thanks to Falconer's amazing illustrations. I love this story because the author transports readers to the astonishing sights of Venice using Italian words, ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 22nd, 2014

Author: Ian Falconer; illustrated by Ian Falconer

Title: Olivia Goes to Venice

Plot: Olivia and her family leave home and take a family vacation in Venice!

Setting: Venice

Characters: Olivia; Olivia's Parents; Olivia's two brothers

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Family; Vacation; Destination; Travel

Style: Narrative; Illustrations look similar to Dr. Seuss illustrations

Copyright: 2010

Notes: Great to use for discussing Venice and the beautiful city. I love the idea of intr
Sep 25, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Olivia books are a fun series that children love to read along with adults. This book tells a story of Olivia and her family and their adventures in Venice. The illustrations of Venice give us a realistic view of the city. On their trip they cross throughout the Grand Canal while stopping numerous times to have gelato ice cream. Olivia is so enthusiastic about touring Venice and going on a gondola ride. Finding a perfect souvenir was her goal.

The illustrations take up the whole page showing
Sep 10, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the illustrations, they are very creative.
This will be a no-brainer addition to Olivia collections.

But I have to admit that I was a little let down with this latest installment. One of the things that I loved about the earlier Olivia's were the sparse illustrations Olivia's wit.

Olivia Goes to Venice incorporates photographs and much more color than we are used to in other Olivia stories. My fear is that this was a response to the new audience that the TV show has acquired and that they may not get (or appreciate) Mr. Falconer's earlier
Nov 16, 2010 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought perhaps with Olivia finding her way to television, we would see a downfall in the books. The latest Olivia tale proves that theory wrong. Falconer hasn't missed a beat in capturing all the beauty and splendor of Italy as well as of Olivia!

The mixed media illustrations give you a wonderful glimpse into this fine country as well as depicting all of the joys that come with family vacations. I love the bit about always needing a gelato! It was making me hungry for some!

Check out Olivia’s l
Betsie Johnson
Dec 01, 2011 Betsie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I haven't read any of the Olivia books before, and this one definitely made me want to read all of them! The illustrations are done very well, and they do a great job of conveying Olivia's enthusiasm and liveliness. The story itself is very witty, and the humor appeals to adults as well as children. In the story, there is a running joke about gelato; every time Olivia runs into a problem she resorts to eating more gelato. Because they are in Italy, this would
Sarah Sammis
Jul 04, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Denton Public Library
With the exception of Olivia Helps with Christmas, we own every one of Ian Falconer's Olivia books. When I heard he had a new one out, Olivia Goes to Venice, I had to get a copy.

Venice is one of those places I would love to see in person. For the moment, though, it's a place I travel to in books. Olivia now has had a chance to go.

Her family adventure involves pigeons in Piazza San Marco, tons of gelato, and a problematic gondola ride. All of these places are rendered with digitally augmented pho
Feb 03, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
This was another cute installment in the Olivia series, though it lacked some of the magic the first few had for me. I loved the families obsession with gelato and Falconer's use of real images throughout the story. And I was laughing out loud after only one page. Yet, the illustrations were too cluttered and didn't have the gorgeous, balanced qualities of earlier books. My biggest complaint was the lack of realism in parts of the story. I love Falconer's series because he just shows how spunky ...more
May 04, 2011 Kitty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
For some reason this one didn't grab my attention like the other's in the series have and is probably the weakest by far. The illustrations are top notch as always, and seeing the real life photos of Italy in the background while interesting, detracted to the story somewhat for me. I think perhaps what ultimately just doesn't do it for me is that this book is more concerned with the family as a whole and the city of Venice than it is concerned about our favorite little pig. Still not a bad read ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first impresion of that book was that it was charming -- illustrations were whimsical yet breathtaking -- but the writing style/dialogue seemed stilted to me. I read it dutifully to the two kids I nanny, then set it aside.
"We want you to read it again!" And then again immediately after that.
I guess they saw something in it I didn't see! I admit it was more interesting after I started giving everyone an off-the-wall accent.
I picked this book up as a way to show kids what Venice looks like in a
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