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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  35,714 ratings  ·  918 reviews
It's OLIVIA...
the Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times #1 best-seller, now 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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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...more
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.

Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Feb 06, 2012 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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!

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. :)
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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
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
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
Emily Allen
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...more
Amy Musser
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...more
Aby Vela
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
Scott Rhee
I love Olivia. Olivia is a pig, a cute little white pig who loves red dresses, ballet dancing, and going to the art museum.

Ian Falconer has created a wonderful series of picture books featuring Olivia. In the first book, simply titled "Olivia" we meet the precocious little darling who loves to sing loudly, wear herself out from playing, torment her little brother Ian (who is ALWAYS copying her), try on a variety of clothes, build sand castles, attempt her own version of a Jackson Pollack paintin...more
Ch_beth Rice
I love this book! Author and illustrator Ian Falconer introduces readers to little Olivia an enchanting pig who is a typical 4 or 5 year old. She finds fun in everything and speaks her mind. I love the way Falconer uses subtle language in the text but yet creates an amusing story about the day in the life with Olivia. His black and white with accents of red illustrations add to the story and speak for themselves. Young children can see themselves in Olivia whether it’s dressing up, being annoyed...more
May 29, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read other Olivia books, but for some reason, we never read the original. So we fixed that by borrowing it from the library. It was very clever book with unique black and whit illustrations accented with red. She is very similar to our youngest, especially when she has to try on all of her clothes, and when she doesn't want to nap! It's a fun book to read aloud.

This story was selected as one of the books for the March 2013 - 21st Century Picture Book Characters discussion at the Picture-Bo...more
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.
Illustrator: Ian Falconer
Age: 4-8
Summary: Olivia is a pig who lives in New York City and her story follows her through her everyday life, growing up as a little girl.
Applications/Uses: Entertainment, Olivia could be relatable to little girls who have younger siblings like Olivia, could be used to talk about the different colors in the story (red, black, or white), she talks about art in a museum in the story and that could be used during an art exploration, anytime students are learning about Ne...more
(NS) Lauren
Grade Level: K-2

Although she's a pig, Olivia is a character that most every child will be able to relate to in some way, making this a good book to help early readers begin making text-to-self connections. Falconer's illustrations use a simple pallette of black, gray, and red, set against a white background, but they draw the reader in with subtle details giving Olivia the appearance of someone who loves exploring the world around her. I might use this book with younger students to create a Venn...more
Nikki Howard
We are taken through Olivia's daily routines. From when she wakes up in the morning until she goes to sleep at night. We find out all about Olivia: what she is good at, what she likes to do, who is in her family, and the steps she takes to get ready for her day. We find out about specific stories in Olivia's life as well as generic stories about Olivia's day to day life. She talks about what she does on sunny days and rainy days. And she lets her imagination and dreams take over her life.

The the...more
Sashel Palacios
Olivia by Ian Falconer is a adorable picture book about a little piggy that loves to have fun. Throughout the course of the book, the reader gets an inside scoop about what are some of Olivia’s favorite activities. At the beginning, Falconer introduces Olivia and all of her family members, including the family cat, which isn’t Olivia’s favorite pet. As the story progresses, Falconer explains everything from waking up in the morning to all of the things that Olivia enjoying doing like: dressing u...more
This book is about a little pig named Olivia and what her life is like. The book tells us about her personality, interests, likes and dislikes, her pets, and her family. It is something that a little girl could easily relate too, but it could also be relatable to little boys (especially ones with older sisters), and parents with very energetic children. The book goes through typical routines that Olivia has, and other activities she likes doing. The theme of this book is not as easy to understan...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.” 39 likes
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