Olivia Forms a Band
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Olivia Forms a Band (Olivia)

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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
ebook, 50 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 6th 2006)
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Kiera Turner
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!
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: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

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...more
Jennifer Warrick Davis
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...more
Lori
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!!

NSAndrew Liebergen
Great art work!
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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...more
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...more
Amanda
"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
Erin
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.
Becca
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
Nancy
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.
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.
Grace
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
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...more
Anne
I'm always so terribly confused by Olivia and don't know whether to like her or to be terribly grateful that I don't have such an energetic porcine wonder to look after in my house. The ending of this book confirmed my latter inclination.
Katie Bathke
Olivia forms a band is a great book to read to children. The pictures are in color but are in cartoon form. There are also pictures that are real life images that go through Olivia’s mind. The cover pages are also very intriguing to what is going to happen in the story. This book relates to children when they used to pretend to be in a band, or be a signer, or etc. I can bet that every child has at least pretended to be either of those two things. For a lesson with this book I would have the chi...more
Emma
I love Olivia, but this one is just not as solid as the original. Olivia's mother is taking them to the fireworks and Olivia wants to know if there will be a band, because there has to be a fireworks band. When her mother assumes not, Olivia decides that she'll be the band. While cute, the plot sort of meanders then when Olivia finishes being a band and focuses on other things like her make-up. The images, however, are always worth the price of admission and the crash-bang-twink-ploink noises of...more
Britni N.
Such a cute book! My two year old daughter and I love all of the Olivia books. This one was no exception, Olivia is a spunky little pig that relates to little girls and will hold their attention.
Jessie
I love how the colors of the book and how there isn't really any but the ones that they have stick out a lot. It is a very good book I loved the imagination threw out the book.

My summary,
Oliva uses her imagination to create a one man band. She bangs all her interments around the house and her parents tell her its time to go see the fireworks but she says she will be right back. She puts lipstick on and her mom tells her to take it off. She decides she doesn't want to bring her band with her. Whe...more
Stacy
Olivia thinks that there should be a band at the fireworks so she makes a band all by herself.
Matt
The great thing about the Olivia books is that they work on multiple levels - sort of like a good classic Warner Brother's cartoon. There is a little something for every age level and you'll find yourself laughing along with your children - albiet maybe not necessarily for the same reason.

In this episode, Olivia's family is going to celebrate Independence Day - an event which Olivia is sure requires a band.

My girls are just getting old enough to form a theory of mind, and the Olivia books are e...more
Miranda
Olivia is back for more laughs in her latest adventure. The pictures tell the story here with limited dialogue and narration. The selective use of color and juxtaposition of photos with drawings create interesting art elements. Children and parents will relate to Olivia's adventures as she makes her way through the day. Readers have the opportunity to add their own interpretations to much of the story, and very young children will have fun making up their own narration to follow the pictures. A...more
Feixia Yu
Another Olivia book! Like it very much.
Josephine
The 'band' in this case is a "fireworks" one...er...pig band, intended to be performing at the annual fireworks display. Olivia in the mercurial way of young kids, declares in the morning that she IS going to perform at the fireworks, but loses interest the moment she's finished the instrumental gear necessary...as she's discovered (drumroll please) LIPSTICK! (Her mother makes her wipe it off.) The book ends with Olivia dreaming of being the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, as her mother pick...more
Dana
I liked this book.

I thought the pictures were okay, but I really thought the little pigs and Olivia were so funny looking.

I really enjoyed this book though, I thought it was funny. I like the part where it says:

"But, sweetheart, one person can't be a whole band," said Olivia's mother.

"Why not?" "Because the word 'band' means more than one person, and a band sounds like more than one person."

"This morning you told me I sounded like five people!"

I thought that part was hilarious.
Amanda Zell
Olivia tries to prove that she can be a "one-man band" even though her family tells her she can't.

This book is a realistic fiction picture book. While the literary value may not be as high as one would appreciate, there is a lot of personal value in this book. Many people can relate to wanting to pursue something just to prove one's point. The best way to use this book in a classroom would be to have it in your classroom library, available for your students to "check out".
Whole And
Love all the Olivia books and this one is as fun as all the others. Olivia decides that a band is necessary for their night out to watch fireworks. She decides she will become her own band since no one else wants to help. Once she gets all the things she needs, her family agrees that she does sound like more than one person.

For the musically inclined, there's even a piece of music to play in the book.

A cute, light story to encourage creativity.
Nivi Krishnakumar
This is a great book to do a lesson on predicting. We can use this book to ask our students questions like: what do you think the character will do next. This book also is a great read-aloud to read to any grade level. These books are also wonderful to do a character study activity since there are many Olivia books and students can come up with many different things Olivia likes to do, etc. Great book to do an introduction on musical instruments.
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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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