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Olivia Goes to Venice (Olivia)

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In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published June 30th 2009)
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look at all of my olivias!! the one in the middle who looks all dirty actually is very dirty, because she is supposed to be wearing red footie pajamas, but they keep falling off because she is a little nudist.
bad olivia!

anyway, look at that signature!!awesome ariel lied to ian falconer and told him i was a five-year-old girl (which makes me feel better because no girl my age should have this many stuffed olivias, and we haven't even photographed the olivia music box, the olivia alarm clock, the
8 March, 2013

Saturday we went back-to-school shopping which meant clothes, new lunch bags, and a visit to a bookstore. My beloved MIL was with us, and as we walked by a display of picture books she said something about missing that, now that the girls are so grown up. "I bring home picture books every time I go to the library" I said, "I read aloud to Tash just yesterday."

This is what I read aloud.

We both really liked the joke about Olivia and the TSA. We sighed over the pictures, we liked the
I love the concept here! Olivia travels to Venice with her family and sees all sorts of famous sights--Falconer uses collage style to put illustrations of Olivia et al at actual photographs or famous illustrations of places like Piazza San Marco and Bridge of Sighs. So cool! And he doesn't sacrifice one ounce of Olivia's personality in the process of bringing Venice to the palm of our hands. Brilliant! Now, I must say I was not especially happy with the way Olivia left Venice and I wish there ha ...more
Jane G Meyer
Okay, Falconer's illustrations are absolutely mesmerizing. They are fantastic, delicious, wonderful. But... I really don't like these Olivia books. She's sarcastic, which doesn't ring well with little ones, and she's naughty. I hated that in this book, Olivia pulled a brick out of the bell tower, and her parents didn't stay to face the consequences of a tumbling monument, but instead fled. Okay, I know this is just a story, but I can't stand it when the parents don't stand up for what is right. ...more
fun read aloud with pictures of Venice; missed opportunity - a glossary with information about each of the pictures; story-line a bit weak - the problem is she needs a souvenir? and she never eats the pizza....

Gail Cooke

While it's always difficult to resist that perky little porker, Olivia, it's impossible now that she's visiting one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Venice. Yes, sporting a gondolier's hat with its ribbons flying she's about to take that storied spot by storm. (almost literally).

As most know by now Ian Falconer has created one of the most appealing children's book characters to be found. Olivia,along with her brother, Ian, and their mother and father have shared many adventures – fr
Seon Kim
Jul 08, 2015 Seon Kim added it
Shelves: animals, world
The characters of the book are adorable. The book can teach readers new things about Venice. It can definitely can help children explore the different country that they have never been too. If the children have been to Venice, they can still make connection with the story.
Okay, I'm a glutton for punishment. I find Olivia immensely irritating, so it took me a while to get to this book. I love Venice, so the rationale was, they'd even out. Well, they did! I was actually finding the story quite charming as Olivia's family journeyed through the narrow streets and grand spaces of Venice but then Olivia does something I don't find to be funny, but rather, kind of appalling. I don't even think I'll read this to my son because he can't think that what she (and subsequent ...more
Elizabeth K.
We love Olivia in our house, but this one seemed like a weak link. In general, I think Falconer does a great job of balancing Olivia's overly dramatic behavior with what is motivating it - that she is a quirky free spirit, but in this book, she comes across as merely bratty.

My preschooler doesn't have any context for Venice ... and the book doesn't provide very much. The images of the city are beautiful, but I am an adult who has been to Venice and knows what they are. My daughter seemed to have
Mary Train
This is a poor attempt at making Italian culture accessible to children. Although the images of Venice are eye-catching, making the illustrations creative, the story is truly horrible, in my opinion. When I read this story to my kindergarten class, their blank faces and confused interpretations of the story were all that was needed for me to lose complete respect for this book. This book is a perfect example of how publishers can exploit popular characters to make some money.
The Olivia books are a fun series that children love to read along with adults. This book tells a story of Olivia and her family and their adventures in Venice. The illustrations of Venice give us a realistic view of the city. On their trip they cross throughout the Grand Canal while stopping numerous times to have gelato ice cream. Olivia is so enthusiastic about touring Venice and going on a gondola ride. Finding a perfect souvenir was her goal.

The illustrations take up the whole page showing
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 22nd, 2014

Author: Ian Falconer; illustrated by Ian Falconer

Title: Olivia Goes to Venice

Plot: Olivia and her family leave home and take a family vacation in Venice!

Setting: Venice

Characters: Olivia; Olivia's Parents; Olivia's two brothers

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Family; Vacation; Destination; Travel

Style: Narrative; Illustrations look similar to Dr. Seuss illustrations

Copyright: 2010

Notes: Great to use for discussing Venice and the beautiful city. I love the idea of intr
My first impresion of that book was that it was charming -- illustrations were whimsical yet breathtaking -- but the writing style/dialogue seemed stilted to me. I read it dutifully to the two kids I nanny, then set it aside.
"We want you to read it again!" And then again immediately after that.
I guess they saw something in it I didn't see! I admit it was more interesting after I started giving everyone an off-the-wall accent.
I picked this book up as a way to show kids what Venice looks like in a
Oct 06, 2010 Kathy added it
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This reminded me of our trip to Italy. Fun!
Courtney Miles
This was a humorous book. Falconer tells the story of a little pig, Olivia, that travels to Venice with her family. While she is there she visits museums, takes a gondola ride, and eats lot of gelato. Before Olivia leaves, she destroys the tower in San Marco piazza. Falconer tells this story in a humorous way that people of all ages can enjoy.
The illustrations in this book were a combination between drawings, paintings and photographs. It was really interesting to see all the combinations of the
Margaret Henderson
Olivia and her family venture to Venice where Olivia eats an obscene amount of gelato! I thought this story was a good representation of a family vacation. This would be a great story to incorporate into a Social Studies lesson. You could perhaps have the students pick their favorite tourist spot in the book and research it further. I like that the picture were not only illustrated by there as also some 'photograph' like pages. The ending is very funny and I think that children would really enjo ...more
Bambini Travel
Olivia goes to Venice by Ian FalconerOlivia fans will love this Italian flavored adventure. Olivia and her family go on a trip to Venice, Italy complete with gondola rides, sightseeing, and gelato eating. Falconer has creatively woven together pictures of Venice with drawings of pig tourists, to create illustrations that highlight all the most famous landmarks in Venice. Playful, informative, and full of Olivia's spunk. 3+
Feb 03, 2011 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: home
This was another cute installment in the Olivia series, though it lacked some of the magic the first few had for me. I loved the families obsession with gelato and Falconer's use of real images throughout the story. And I was laughing out loud after only one page. Yet, the illustrations were too cluttered and didn't have the gorgeous, balanced qualities of earlier books. My biggest complaint was the lack of realism in parts of the story. I love Falconer's series because he just shows how spunky ...more
Betsie Johnson
I loved this book! I haven't read any of the Olivia books before, and this one definitely made me want to read all of them! The illustrations are done very well, and they do a great job of conveying Olivia's enthusiasm and liveliness. The story itself is very witty, and the humor appeals to adults as well as children. In the story, there is a running joke about gelato; every time Olivia runs into a problem she resorts to eating more gelato. Because they are in Italy, this would
The best part about reading this book is listening to how my daughter pronounces gelato! She loves to say it over and over. The do eat a lot of gelato in the story.

The plot was all over the place and Olivia's biggest problem was finding the just-right souvenir? yikes.
Sarah Sammis
Jul 04, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Denton Public Library
With the exception of Olivia Helps with Christmas, we own every one of Ian Falconer's Olivia books. When I heard he had a new one out, Olivia Goes to Venice, I had to get a copy.

Venice is one of those places I would love to see in person. For the moment, though, it's a place I travel to in books. Olivia now has had a chance to go.

Her family adventure involves pigeons in Piazza San Marco, tons of gelato, and a problematic gondola ride. All of these places are rendered with digitally augmented pho
Drawings over photos of Venice. Cute, but didn't rock my boat. The thing that I loved most about this book was that kids have a chance to see places that they might not get to see in life or that it might start the desire to travel when they get older.
This will be a no-brainer addition to Olivia collections.

But I have to admit that I was a little let down with this latest installment. One of the things that I loved about the earlier Olivia's were the sparse illustrations Olivia's wit.

Olivia Goes to Venice incorporates photographs and much more color than we are used to in other Olivia stories. My fear is that this was a response to the new audience that the TV show has acquired and that they may not get (or appreciate) Mr. Falconer's earlier
I thought perhaps with Olivia finding her way to television, we would see a downfall in the books. The latest Olivia tale proves that theory wrong. Falconer hasn't missed a beat in capturing all the beauty and splendor of Italy as well as of Olivia!

The mixed media illustrations give you a wonderful glimpse into this fine country as well as depicting all of the joys that come with family vacations. I love the bit about always needing a gelato! It was making me hungry for some!

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This was another fabulous title from Ian Falconer, who shares his cool sense of style, art and now travel with young children. This is a gorgeous travel guide from the eyes of an eager and happy child, wandering one of the most beautiful cities in the world. "Olivia Goes to Venice" can easily be paired with a non fiction title on Venice, Italy, giving children more opportunities to get to know such an historic town full of life and art. As usual, Olivia's day tripping is full of her unique brand ...more
It was clever and adorable, as I have come to expect from the Olivia books! I was afraid Ian Falconer wouldn't deliver, but he did! With lots of gelato. Olivia and her family visit Venice, Italy, and it's not the same after Olivia's done with it!

The latest adventure of the bright protagonist is sure to have the little ones asking all about gondolas and monuments, when they're not in awe of the beautiful photography of Venice. The book uses more advanced language as Olivia is getting older, for a
This is my first Olivia book. I bought it for my niece who is going to Europe this summer. We have been reading some other children’s books about travel so I thought we’d give this one a try. While it did keep the attention of my niece, I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. I honestly did not care for the illustrations very much and I also did not like the fact that Olivia took the stone from the Bell Tower. There really was no consequence for her action and it is not something I think ...more
For some reason this one didn't grab my attention like the other's in the series have and is probably the weakest by far. The illustrations are top notch as always, and seeing the real life photos of Italy in the background while interesting, detracted to the story somewhat for me. I think perhaps what ultimately just doesn't do it for me is that this book is more concerned with the family as a whole and the city of Venice than it is concerned about our favorite little pig. Still not a bad read ...more
I loved the insertion of Olivia and her family into the Venice landscape. And the ending, perfect!
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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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