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Olivia (Olivia)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  44,083 Ratings  ·  1,089 Reviews
It's everyone's favorite's OLIVIA!

The Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times #1 bestseller is now available in a sturdy format perfect for pig-loving toddlers everywhere!
Board Book, 34 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Sep 22, 2009 Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls and boys
Recommended to Sparrow by: April Wallen
I spent about a year in an awkward situation that started out with accidentally babysitting two adorable little kids. Bundles of joy are those two, and I'm not even being ironical. Mommies and daddies, when you ask nice single gals of even age with yourselves if they'll do you a favor and watch your kiddos while you go wine tasting for a night, do you usually mean, "Will you be my nanny?" I hope not. It is very uncomfortable to get out of that kind of situation. Anyway, Olivia was an invaluable ...more
This past weekend, I got to spend some quality time with my adorable and amazing nephew, Zach. During that QT, we read this book together. Or rather, I read the book to him, and he tested it out for edibility. And while he seemed to enjoy it (he's one - his bar is pretty low right now), I personally expected something better, especially considering how freaking popular this book is.

But I think that the popularity is mainly because of the mommies who can relate to being worn out by their kids: h
Brent Weeks
Aug 27, 2015 Brent Weeks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
We went through a long Olivia phase here at the Weeks household. Sweet and slyly witty, with a dash of haute couture, and a lot of well-loved but misbehaving child, these books are just great.

(Take note that I think Ian Falconer sold off the rights to this series. There are several by him, and then a bunch by Nickelodeon or something. My review only holds for the originals by Ian Falconer.)
Our Olivia was kind enough to share this book with me an introduce me to this lovely character. I enjoyed it immensely and fell in love with the little piglet. I never paid any attention to picture books but from now on, I will, because it seems like I missed out.
Thanks to some rave reviews from GoodReads friends, I decided to meet Olivia! I admit she did not look like the sort of piggy I would usually welcome into my library--but I was being judgmental by looking at the exterior and I'm glad I gave her the chance to share her true spirit with me. What a delight! Love her creativity and humor.

1 October, 2001

Olivia is pure, unmitigated awesome. I love her energy, her enthusiasm, her style, and her sand sculptures. I love the way she carries her cat around. I love her icons. I love her, even though she wears me out.

Also, I love Falconer's style.

Feb 06, 2011 Ronyell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
When I heard about the popularity of “Olivia,” I wanted to give this book a shot and I am glad I did! “Olivia” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Ian Falconer which is about the adventures of an energetic girl piglet named Olivia who does all kinds of activities that tires her family out! “Olivia” is the perfect story for children who love trying out new things everyday!

Olivia is good at many things such as wearing people out and dressing herself up in different types of clothes. Olivia also has a lit
Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschool children
Recommended to Amanda by: library
First a note on prior reviews...

If this was a story about a pig who's a boy would all the reviewers still be saying that this is a must have for your daughter? Let's remember that Olivia first and foremost represents a child. I read this book to my son and he could identify with it just as well. I understand that there needs to be more strong female characters for our daughters to admire but I am so sick of hearing that girl characters such as Olivia, Dora, etc are for girls. If you really want
Aug 18, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harper-read
adorable! and the girl loved it!
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
How do you know a classic? Well, you just know, and from the first time I picked up Olivia by Ian Falconer back in October 2000 in Creatures and Crooks Bookstore, I knew instantly that this book was destined for great things. And in fact it has spawned the Olivia franchise: books, tins, magnets, calendars, etc. But I digress.

Olivia by Ian Falconer has become a children's classic since its release back in 2000. To answer my original question...I guess one way to know a children's classic
Emily Allen
Mar 11, 2013 Emily Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia, winner of the Caldecott Honor, takes home the prize with black, white and red color schemes, simplistic but fun drawings that carry the story so much farther than the text alone.

Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer, this book is another great example of personification, allowing children to see animals in a different light. Olivia is a piglet who “is good at lots of things.”

This book tells of her daily routines and of her adventures like going to the beach and highlights the relation
Katelynn Callahan
This book is about a young girl named Olivia. She is good at a lot of things and never gets tired. She is always wearing people out. She enjoys things such as dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, dancing, painting on walls and much much more. She has a little brother named Ian would sometimes will just not leave her alone. She was a dog and cat and she lives with her mom, dad, and brother. Throughout the story, Olivia does many different activities that she loves to do. Finally at ...more
Erin Ramai
This book is intended for children ages 4-8. It received a Caldecott Honor Award in 2001.

In Olivia, Falconer illustrates the story of Olivia, the free-spirited, attention-seeking, independent pig, a character who is inspired by his niece. The text is very believable considering the playful and yet extremely particular behaviors that can juxtapose one another in the personalities of young children. Additionally, the text captures precociousness that characterizes Olivia as a child ranging from t
Feb 06, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-K to 1
Last semester I wrote quite a few reading lesson plans. Today, I taught my first “official” lesson—reading or otherwise—to my small group of first-graders, and the lesson was on this book. Olivia by Ian Falconer is really very darling. My focus skill was drawing conclusions & the impact of the illustrator, because the illustrations are an integral part of learning about Olivia’s big personality. I was just thrilled that the students were pleased enough with the four-year-old piglet that they ...more
Gregory Baird
Jul 25, 2008 Gregory Baird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
As picture books go, you can't do much better than the thoroughly charming "Olivia". The young pig is sure to endear herself to you with her winning personality and excess of sass. I have given this book as a gift many times and it has always been a winner. I have recommended it to countless people in the bookstore I work at and it has never failed me. The other books in the series are, for the most part, equally delightful, but none of them quite match the spirit of the first one for me.
Madison Lantvit
May 26, 2015 Madison Lantvit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olivia is a little girl pig with little girl fun and problems. This book features her singing, dancing around her bedroom, and painting. Olivia is a spunky, sassy, and sweet little pig who goes on some crazy adventures, like living in a ballerina painting. You'll enjoy this short story with stellar pictures.

Olivia is a crazy little girl. The author portrays her as if she were a person in the book. She is sassy and does what she wants. Her imagination is the best part of
Dec 29, 2014 Knjigoholičarka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dečije, usa, 2014
Pepo - povuci se u ilegalu. Olivija je prase kakvo ti nikada nećeš biti. Ona slika, ona igra balet, ona gradi kule od peska na plaži i tera mamu da joj čita po pet knjiga pred spavanje. Ide u muzej i ima psa i crnog mačka.

Fak jea, Olivija!

Mar 20, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that makes me want to have a kid. It makes me yearn for the days when my brothers and sisters were busy little three and four year olds, going about all of their very important business. So, so cute.
Nov 30, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Not only is this my kid's name, but the story is so fun. My own Olivia loves this one right now. Besides, she really wears me out at times, but I love her anyway. :)
Cara Byrne
Jan 11, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this picture book. It is clear that Falconer has a little Olivia in his life, as the prose mimics that of the kind of parent I hope to be to a creative young extrovert. The illustrations place all focus on Olivia and her family, and Falconer's use of color and art is so smart and attractive. I read the board book edition to Lu before taking her to the contemporary art museum around us for the first time. And while, at seven months, she did not have quite the reactions of Olivia or her bro ...more
Mandy Blair Crider
Love this book! My youngest daughter and I read it all the time :)
Sep 19, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Olivia. She's original and always captivating.
Jan 15, 2011 AnnieL. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliviaby Ian Falconer is a picture book about a pig who acts much like many three to six year olds do. Olivia loves bossing her little brother around, playing dress-up, and going to the museum. One of the only things Olivia hates to do is napping. Olivia is required to take a nap everyday, but she is always to energetic.
Olivia is also imaginative and pictures herself as the star ballerina in the famous painting "Ballet Rehearsal On the Set" by Edgar Degas at the museum. She also finds the painti
Genre: Realistic Fantasy Fiction

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Olivia would be Eloise, if Eloise were a pig. She is good at singing 40 very loud songs and is very good at wearing people out. And scaring the living daylights out of her little brother, Ian, particularly when he copies her every move. She is also quite skilled at reproducing Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm #30" on the walls at home. When her mother tucks her in at night and says, "You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway,
Feb 07, 2012 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I love reading Olivia not only for the illustrations but also the story line. Olivia is simple yet it has a charm to it and captures humor that draws the reader in of all ages. Olivia is a little girl pig that is never sleepy and gets into paint, tries on every outfit in her closet, wants to read multiple books and is always moving about the house. Olivia wears out her brother and mom but she never seems to wear herself out because she is just not sleepy. The illustrations in Olivia are black an ...more
Brianne Griffin
Feb 20, 2012 Brianne Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Ian Falconer's illustrations in "Olivia". The illustrations are delivered in charcoal and gouache on paper. The cover of the book is simple with the title in bold lettering. Olivia, a little piglet is portrayed using white and gray media. Although most of the images are done in gray tones, the details are done in bright red so they really jump off the page. I enjoy how the illustrator chose red because it reveals Olivia's self esteem and her energetic personality. The images con ...more
Elena Hitch
Feb 16, 2012 Elena Hitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Olivia is a wonderful tale about a little piglet named Olivia. A narrator simply tells about Olivia’s life. He describes her likes, dislikes, and everyday activities. Olivia seems to have many talents and the narrator describes all of them. Olivia is wonderful at building sandcastles and recreates art she sees in the museum, even though her mother does not approve because it was on the wall. Olivia tends to do things that any child would, she complains at naptime, gets irritated at her little br ...more
Amy Forrester
Sep 22, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Open this book to get a glimpse into a day in the life of Olivia, a small piglet with a big personality. Whether it’s getting dressed in the morning, going to the beach or the art museum, creating a masterpiece, or playing with her little brother Olivia does everything with passion and energy. Most of all, Olivia is very good at wearing people out, especially herself!

Falconer’s spare text beautifully captures the spirit and outspoken style of Olivia. Written in third person present tense, most o
Aby Vela
Sep 19, 2012 Aby Vela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud-book
Olivia is a fantastic children's book. I loved the illustrations, even though they were simple, they added so much character to the story. The way Ian Falconer used only the color red, incorporated with black and white brought Olivia to life. Children may not like the dullness, but I did. I chose this as my read aloud book because I think it was fun to read and much more excitement can be brought out when reading aloud. The story itself was fun, and humorous I found. Falconer did a good job in d ...more
Alayah Hightower
this book is about a pig that is in love with color red.Olivia is a pig that can wear a sister out. she has a dog named perry and a cat named the morning she gets ready for the day and move the cat about a couple of times.after that she tries on 100 outfits until she get the write on for the day . so when its sunny she put on her bikini and heads for the beach. she makes some sand castles and soaks up most of the sun. so she goes home and really doesnt want to take a nap when her mom te ...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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“Only five books tonight, Mommy," she says.
No, Olivia, just one."
How about four?"
Oh, all right, three. But that's it!”
“Reading never wears me out.” 45 likes
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