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Olivia Forms a Band (Olivia)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,586 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself... all by herself. ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Fernanda Espinosa Loyola
Lo que más me ha sorprendido de este libro es lo gracioso que es. Realmente gracioso, el regalo perfecto para un niño... o algún fanático de los cerditos.
Children's series

Loved the artwork on the inside front cover, one drawing from each previous book summarizing Olivia's adventures to date.

Olivia's family is going on a picnic followed by a fireworks display. She is puzzled that there will be no band. Our intrepid little piglet gathers everyday household objects to form her own band.

Olivia is like a breath of cool refreshing air on a hot day. Each book makes me laugh, and lightens my heart.

Bravo to the illustrator - I looked in two books, and f
Kiera Turner
Jul 08, 2014 Kiera Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Olivia books! I love how independent and humorous Olivia is! I read this book to my class and they really enjoyed it! We discussed how you don't always need instruments to make music but how you can use objects around your household like Olivia did in the story. This book helps children realize how creative they can be and helps us as teachers promote their creativity!
Lauren Brown
This book by Ian Falconer will have students wanting more. The main character in Olivia is a strong willed girl who happens to be a pig who always seems to come up with crazy adventures. Her crazy ideas and adventures are what children love the most about these series. The only downfall to having just a female character makes boys less interested in the story or have a tendency not to pick up the book itself. However, what I have found is that if you read the book as a teacher to the whole class ...more
Emilee Wood
Jan 19, 2016 Emilee Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a pig named Olivia. It starts out with her mother telling her they will be going to a picnic and watching fireworks. Olivia says that they will see the band, too, but her mother says there will not be one. Olivia takes it into her own hands, and she forms a band out of instruments around the house. When it comes time to leave, Olivia no longer wants to be the band, but instead she goes to the bathroom and puts on her makeup. Her mother tells her to take it off, and they go to ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Falconer, Ian. Olivia Forms a Band. New York: Atheneum for Young Readers, 2006. Print
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read:

Olivia Forms a Band is yet another volume in the wildly popular Olivia series by Ian Falconer. Olivia is going to be going to see a fireworks show. She believes that there needs to be a band with the fireworks. When her family won't participate, she decides to become a one pig band. Like a true 3 year old she decides she wants makeu
Jennifer  Davis
Jun 26, 2014 Jennifer Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 6 year old son recently borrowed this book from our local library.

In this book, Olivia and her family or going out on a picnic to watch the fireworks. Olivia gets upset that there isn't going to be a band there. She decides to form her own band. She goes around the house finding items she can use for her one pig band. She preforms for her family who agree that she sounds like a whole band instead of just one little pig. When it is finally time to go, her mother wonders why Olivia isn't bring
Kayla Dunbar
Dec 16, 2014 Kayla Dunbar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Falconer does it again with Olivia. In this edition Olivia's family is going to watch fireworks. Olivia decides that fireworks just aren't the same without a band. She decides to make one for herself. She is the whole band. Though the pictures and words are simple, this is still a very fun book for readers and tells an interesting story. The pictures are simple but still entertaining for a young reader. They explain the story and what Olivia is thinking. My favorite picture was the two page ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An imagination is a valuable tool!! I think this book does a great job of showing the hours of enjoyment an imagination can provide and the self-esteem that comes from using ones imagination to create something fabulous!!

27 Novewmber,2006

Olivia is always fabulous! But at this point, she's starting to appeal to me more than to the kids. Sigh.

3 July, 2015

The kids come back around, FYI

Beloved Girl
Feb 10, 2016 Beloved Girl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j1-j3
So far, I read almost one hundred children books, but I didn't find any character who is like myself. But finally i found it! Olivia is just like me. She likes to venture many things and do something exciting. When she said she wanted to make a band, I totally agreed with the illustration, which is that every members turn one's head around and pretend not hearing what she said. Sometimes when i want to make any suggestion, my family ignores or not want to hear it. So sometimes i feel really sad ...more
7/1: Planned to do something patriotic for storytime today, and realized the day before that I forgot to pick books. This came up in a quick search for something with fireworks. And it was a perfect choice to go with "America" because of the bands, red/white/blue, AND fireworks. I forgot how some of the humor for Olivia might be a bit over the younger kids' heads, but I still wanted to try it. And it worked pretty well. I had to point out things in the smaller illustrations, but overall it went ...more
Falan Miller
I love all of the Olivia books but this one is one of my favorites. Olivia wants to be in her own band. Her mother tells her that it is not going to work out, but of course she has to prove her mother wrong.

I love the fact that the author can really relate to children through this book. I think the way olivia thinks, is the way a lot of young readers think. I love love the illustrations, they just make me laugh and make me enjoy the book even more.

This book would be a good book to reward the cl
My daughter enjoys the Olivia books, especially the original Ian Falconer ones so when I saw this one we had not read on Open eBooks, I borrowed it.

My six year old was entertained but I didn't think it had the charm of some of this others.

Olivia and her family are going to see fireworks. Olivia decides to build her own one-man-band when she discovers that there will be no band at the fireworks. However, she doesn't actually take her "band" to the fireworks which is where the book fell a little
NSAndrew Liebergen
Great art work!
Lacking story

This is a rather meandering story about a spirited swine who decides to form a band to help celebrate the 4th of July. But it's a charming installment in the Olivia collection.

It's Olivia's spunky, childlike energy -- not the storyline -- that makes this book so enjoyable (choosing the perfect outfit is her final step in creating her one-girl band). That and the stylish illustrations, that is. This Olivia installment blends Ian Falconer's trademark black, white, and r
Crystal Lough
Olivia Forms a Band is a picture book. It is targeted for children of primary age. The story is about Olivia, a girl pig, who is going to the fireworks with her mother. She asks her mother, "Will there be a band?" When her mother says no she decided to form a band. The book's plot line hold your attention. The pictures are especially interesting. The only colors used are black, white and red. They sometimes use blue but the limited colors really cause you to focus in on the pictures. They also h ...more
Chelsie Morrison
For one of the firs times, I can say I truly LAUGHED OUT LOUD reading a book! As another book in the popular Olivia series I was not expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Olivia Forms a Band spins another tail of the quirky pig Olivia whose mother decides to take them to a fireworks show. Olivia, amazed there is not a band to accompany the show, decides to create her own band. With a variety of items scavenged from around her house, Olivia forms a one man band.

Olivia's childish hu
Sep 17, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Olivia Forms a Band," written and illustrated by Ian Falconer, is one of those books that you can't help but laugh out loud while reading. I was fond of the Olivia series when I was younger, but never stumbled across this one. I sure missed out on the fun! Olivia is back for another adventure and this time she sets out to form a one man marching band after learning that the fireworks show that she and her family were attending wasn't planning to have one. After hunting through the house, Olivia ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 3y, 2014
The Olivia books are a big hit with my 3 year old, but this in particular was a favorite of his. We got it shortly before the 4th of July to help explain the fireworks he would be seeing for the first time, and the story only increased his anticipation. I also think it made him able to enjoy the event when it came because he knew what to expect (he's definitely a "sit back and assess the situation" kind of kid). Thumbs up for the series, but this is a favorite.
This is a lovely story about Olivia (a pig) who's mother tells her they are going to have a picnic and watch some fireworks, and Olivia decides that there must be a band playing as well. So Olivia is alone on the search to find a band to play at the picnic, so she gathers odds and ends from her house and creates a one man band much to her mother's surprise. But when it is time to leave for the picnic, Olivia doesn't want to take her band. And at night she strolls in from the long evening and fal ...more
I was looking for a different Olivia, and I put this one on hold. The one I was looking for was Olivia the cat, and this series is about Olivia the pig. The story was pretty good, but the illustrations were terrible. I have a son, who is a professional artist. I watched him learn through the years. I just didn't appreciate the illustrations in this book at all. I'm giving this book three stars just for the story.
Traci Bold
Feb 04, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia and her family are going to the fireworks but not until Olivia can find or forma band to celebrate the fireworks. She uses her creativity to become a one pig band.

Ian Falconer has created such a quirky character in Olivia and she is endearing and annoying all at once.

'OLIVIA forms a band' written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

#animals #picturebooks #PB
Victoria Long
Ian Falconer has once again shown the vivid imagination of Olivia. The illustrations are the usual black and white with pops of color, but also include real photographs thrown in the story line, which add even more to the humor. The cute Olivia keeps us laughing with her crazy ideas, while always in "the perfect outfit." She does anything she puts her mind to, like create a one pig band.
Sep 24, 2013 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Considering how popular the Olivia series is, I am surprised that this is the first book I have read. I've always heard wonderful things about Ian Falconer's books, so maybe I had too high of expectations for this picture storybook. I hate to say it, but Olivia Forms A Band did not blow me away by any means. I really enjoyed some parts of the story, for example, when Olivia makes her family wait to go to the fireworks while she applies bright red lipstick in the bathroom mirror. I also loved Oli ...more
Kelsey Forrester
I have always enjoyed Olivia books and I also am into music and bands so this book appealed to me for that reason. I always feel like Olivia is an accurate representation of the feelings and thoughts of a six or seven year old in most situations. Similarly to "If You Were a Penguin," I feel like Olivia books are better suited for entertainment and enjoyment than teaching a lesson to the reader.
Lucy Meadors
In Olivia forms a band, written by Ian Falconer, Olivia is planning to go see fireworks with her mom. Olivia asks her mom if there will be a band. Her mom says no, and Olivia replies that she'll be the band. Olivia's mom told her that one person can't be a band. All day , Olivia gathers items that she needs for her band from all over the house. Then, Olivia chose the perfect outfit. The final touch to her outfit was some bright red lipstick. Then at 7 o clock, they all loaded up to see the firew ...more
Sarah Sammis
Jan 20, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc
Olivia Forms a Band is the fourth in the series that I've read to Sean and Harriet. The series by Ian Falconer continues to delight all of us.

In this story, Olivia and her family are preparing for a night of watching fireworks. Olivia asks if there will be a band. When she is told there won't be, she decides to make the night perfect by forming a one pig band.

The book is divided into three parts. The first is Olivia's preparation for the night including making her uniform and her band. The secon
Bayleigh Garrett
This was a cute story. I liked the use of pictures and found some parts of it more like a comedy. This can be used to teach ambition and doing what you love even when people say you can't. I think overall this story had a good meaning behind it. I would read it to kids ages 6-9.
Oct 14, 2015 Celticoracle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mini-me
I usually adore Falconer's Olivia books, but this one fell kind of flat for me. The flow of the story felt very uneven - to the point I wondered if my library copy was missing pages. May have to skim a new copy in the bookstore to see if that is the case.
Karly Winters
Falconer, Ian. Olivia Forms a Band. New York: Atheneum for Young Readers, 2006. Print.

Another book of my choosing from the Olivia series, this time Olivia is upset over the fact that tonight her and her family are going to a fireworks show, but discovers there is no band. So Olivia decides that she will be a one-pig band for that night’s firework show. This book follows along with the normal style of Falconer’s books, and kids will once again love reading along to the little pig’s adventures. Th
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