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Olivia Forms a Band (Olivia)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,837 Ratings  ·  171 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.
ebook, 50 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 6th 2006)
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Fernanda Espinosa Loyola (Entre tazas de té blog)
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.
When Olivia learns there will not be music at the fireworks display, she forms her own one-pig band. The visual humor, especially the illustrations of her gathering the instruments, is as strong as ever. Falconer also adds the color blue to the usual charcoals and reds. Olivia fans will not be disappointed.
Very cute. Audiobook narrated by Dame Edna herself. Enjoy!
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 07, 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!
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!!

Elisa Pereyra-Molina
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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

Aug 26, 2016 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
audiobook! i want to in the band with olivia she seems nice hhh
Sep 29, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-lit
This story just brings a really great laugh. Olivia teaches if you set your mind to it you can do almost anything! I recommend this book especially in the lower elementary grades and it can be used as a motivational tool.
Jan 29, 2017 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Gender Diversity: Female protagonist and mother; inattentive/non-speaking father and siblings
Ethnic Diversity: Not applicable
Challenging Language: none
Themes to Discuss: bad behavior, selfishness vs. sharing, wearing makeup, lack of attention / capriciousness, potty shaming

I don’t believe in reading toddlers books that model bratty behavior without emphasizing choices and consequences, nor in incoherent books that exist just for silly punchlines. Olivia plainly fails both my litmus tests.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sarah Sammis
Dec 19, 2007 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
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
Bethany Sutherland
Olivia forms a band is a book about Olivia, a pig, who has a mind of her own. Her family is going to see fireworks later in the day so she decides there should be a band and her family could be the band. Olivia's family does not want to so she decides to be the band by herself. After playing the band for a while she decides she does not want to bring the band. The family has a nice time watching fireworks. Olivia is constantly asking questions and leaving messes.

I liked this book because Olivia
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
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
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
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
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
Dec 06, 2012 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ed-310
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
Feb 23, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
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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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