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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

(Olivia #7)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,480 ratings  ·  440 reviews
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In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them!Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2012)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Just as cute as all the other Olivia books, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses in an extraordinary story for teaching kids about inner beauty.
Meredith Holley
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Martha Graham
It has been previously mentioned once or twice that Olivia is my favorite. It is true. Olivia rules.

In this one, my particularly favorite part, other than the end, which is awesome, is the Martha Graham page. Also, good use of the words "corporate malfeasance." And Ian Falconer's drawings are, as always, amazing.


1. Olivia And The Missing Toy. It has the fold out page, including the surprise, and that is difficult to beat. Plus, it has a premise that is compelling to for all ages. Or, may
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the original Olivia. It was different. It was clever. It cracked me up. I have loved the subsequent Olivia books less, though. They just didn't have the same snappy qualities of the first book.

Until this one. The Olivia that made me chuckle is back, and she's determined to stand out from the crowd. Oh, she may have wanted to be a fairy princess dressed all in pink once, but that was when she was little. Last year. Seriously. She's all grown up now. Pink is in the past.

Olivia still wants
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The book is good, but the implications of Olivia and the Fairy Princesses go far beyond the surface.

Olivia is a candidate for president in our library's Vote for Books program. Yet she CLEARLY states, on the very last page of the book, that she intends to overthrow our government and establish herself the head of a MONARCHY! She doesn't want to be our president in this time of need - she wants to be a mere figurehead, sitting pretty and dripping in jewels.

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Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivia is in a dilemma. Of course, Olivia is a total princess, but she does not feel that special being JUST a fairy princess anymore. It seems like all of her friends are also fairy princesses, and Olivia wants to stand out! To fix her dilemma, Olivia brainstorms ideas on what she could be instead of a pink loving, fairy princess when she grows-up. How about an Indian princess? Or a French Sailor? There are so many decisions for Olivia to make. What will she decide? Will she choose to be a fair ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
October 3, 2012

Falconer offers something else to all the girls who don't want to be sucked into the princess industry. Both my daughters and I give it two thumbs up. Or, you know, hooves, if that's more appropriate. (Trotters?) We love feisty, difficult, but ultimately fascinating Olivia.

Library copy.
30 May, 2013
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Olivia is hilarious; a demanding, sarcastic, intelligent madam who some little girls I know will definitely relate to! This book is about Olivia realising that she no longer wants to wear pink and be a princess, because everyone else is doing it and as she says: "Why do they all want to be the same?" which elegantly opens the debate for children on diversity and fitting in.

Personally my favourite part of the book is the illustration of a Halloween party, where Olivia had come dressed as a wartho
Olivia Pitchford
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-medal
This is a very well written and entertaining book. Ian Falconer, the author and illustrator, compiles a story about a young girl who questions why exactly every young girl wants to be a princess. The book takes the audience through Olivia's identity crisis of wanting to be something more than just a princess. Olivia finds herself not wanting to be like most of the girls her age, instead she wants to be and individual, which is a great message for younger girls. The author takes the reader throug ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer is his most recent publication in the Olivia book series. I didn’t know this when I picked up the book to read. It was on display at the library and as a strong feminist I was wondering what the book might have to say to young girls.

I loved the message. Olivia tells her mom that when she was “little” she wanted to be a ballerina dressed in pink but now “everybody” wants to be the same “pink princess”. Olivia wants to know why they aren’t thinking a
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivia is back to true greatness in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Admittedly, any Olivia is generally better than whatever else is out there, but this one's a true gem as Olivia fumes over the large number of girls (and even a few boys) who are mad about dressing up like pink princesses (don't they know there are LOTS of kinds of princesses, she wonders). At parties, at Halloween, at ballet... all the others just seem to lack Olivia's imagination and she struggles with the fact that everyone ...more
Shanshad Whelan
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'll admit it here. I've never read an Olivia book before. Why? Umm . . . no good reason except I'm not especially enamored of pigs and just didn't happen to pick any of them up. Until now. I was straightening the children's section and this one landed in my hands and I just had to read it. What sold me on it is Olivia's expression on the cover, one that indicates the "fairy princess" costume she's wearing is not a source of joy and happy pinkosity.

Now, of course, I'm going to have to go a
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
TOO funny! Although I've never seen a kids picture book ("ages 3-7") with the word "malfeasance" used! Kudos to the author for not dumbing things down! Loving the Olivia books :) ...more
This is the anti-Pinkalicious, anti-princess book for kids (and adults) who have had enough of princesses and the color pink! You can't help but laugh out loud at Olivia and her way of thinking. ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, Olivia. I hope you DO become a reporter and expose corporate malfeasance. And after that, I hope you become President. President Olivia is JUST what we need.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Olivia and this book is great for all of our little princesses who might want to imagine life as someone other than a princess.
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
What's there not to love about Olivia??!!
I can't think of one thing. :)
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, kids
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I usually really like Olivia but this one fell flat for me.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Olivia Fans / Readers Looking for Picture-Books Addressing the "Princess" Theme
Irrepressible Olivia is back in this seventh picture-book devoted to her madcap adventures, and this time she's preoccupied with the idea of being different and special. How is one to accomplish this, in a world where everyone else seems to want to be the same? Everyone wants to be a fairy princess at the party, everyone wants to be a ballerina. Olivia maintains her unique status, marching to the beat of her own drummer, and eventually she realizes what she truly wants to be: The Queen!

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FM Family
I have always been resistant to the Olivia books without even reading them because they struck me as kind of prissy and like something that would enforce typical gender roles, or reinforce kids acting in a way that was overly precious. My three year old chose this one from the library and in some ways I was pleasantly surprised. I appreciated that Olivia had some critical thinking about everyone being fairy princesses all the time, that she had hear own sense of style, that her parents seemed ou ...more
Luisa Knight
Certainly not the worst book out there, but with so many better books, I wouldn't suggest reading this one. Olivia is depressed about everyone wanting to look like the same old, frilly pink princesses ... even the boys. And she kind of has a little bit of an unnecessary attitude about being different - you can want to be different without an attitude.

It was funny at the end though with what she decided she'd want to be.

Ages: 4- 8

Cleanliness: mentions boys wearing pink skirts and trying out for
Olivia the pig finds herself aggrieved that all the other girls (and some of the boys) want to be princesses/fairy princesses, as it causes being a princess to lose its sparkle and individualism. She goes over past costumes and brainstorms new personas, from warthogs to princesses from varying cultures, to a reporter bent on uncovering "corporate malfeasance." Her parents want her to quit stalling and get ready for bed. Finally, ruminating under the light of the full moon waiting for sleep, Oliv ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the concept in this one, and my daughter was amused by Olivia having an identity crisis and considering a career exposing corporate malfeasance. 😂 There were a few things that troubled me - dressing up as princesses from other cultures to be different, implying that there is something wrong with wanting to be a princess dressed in pink, and the ending was disappointing. Overall, a fun read, though.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool-Grade 3
Do you ever want to feel special? Join our favorite pig on adventure in her own identity crisis. Olivia wants to fit in! Of course, she is on a quest, and becoming a princess is NOT one of them! With this in mind, the title teaches us individuality is very cool, and being special is important.

Reviewed by Debbie Hersh, Circulation, Vernon Area Public Library
Danielle Mootz
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Loved that Olivia wasn't princess obsessed but leave it Olivia to top that. ...more
Alison Strandell
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love all things Olivia: her sass, her creativity, and her independence. In this story, she seeks to stand apart from the status quo. My only question is why the cover hooks people in with pink fairy princesses, if the point of the book is to rise above just that.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
For some reason, we never really got into the Olivia series by Ian Falconer. We've read several of the books and liked them, but we just weren't entranced by the storylines or the main character.

When I saw the cover of this book, I was a bit wistful. Our girls went through a fairy princess phase themselves and had this book come out then, I'm sure they would've loved it. I figured they'd just roll their eyes if I brought it home now, though. But I decided to borrow it from the library and just
Valerie Smith
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivia is back in another cute tale about being unique
Olivia, the stubborn and funny pig, is back in another adorable children’s book. This time, Olivia is tired of everyone wanting to be a fairy princess, even some of the boys. At birthday parties, the school dance recital, and even Halloween, all anyone wants to be is a Fairy Princess. But Olivia wants to stand out and be unique in her own way. As Olivia goes through a list of all the different things she could be, she finally decides somethin
Teré Mashburn
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-378
Olivia is at a point in her life where she finds that she doesn't want to fit into the "norm" or simply go with the flow. As people grow, we come to discover things we like/dislike. This story reminds me of the overall learning and self-discovering that we all go through throughout our life.

As young girls, society mostly expects all girl to be pretty, to like princesses and fairy tales, wear pink and be a kind, gentle spirit. Olivia clearly isn't that and she mentions that she's depressed, which
Arlene Allen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's been years since Olivia first took readers by the heart; her exuberance and uniqueness have not lessened or grown stale as many other series characters (sadly) do after a long run. In this volume, Olivia is having an "identity crisis" - she's tired of conformity and does not want to be a princess - unless it's one from India, Thailand, Africa or China (and she's right! there are more options that pink sparkly fairy princesses). Olivia is a true iconoclast - who else would go to the school H ...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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