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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  58,607 ratings  ·  1,710 reviews
Have fun with Olivia... dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, napping (maybe), dancing, painting on walls and - whew! - going to sleep at last.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Olivia does remind me of my niece. She wears me out some days too. But she has a boundless imagination. This was a good story with a now well loved character.

The niece has outgrown this book and she didn't even want to read it. The nephew likes Olivia and he enjoyed reading it.

I do like when some famous art work was thrown in at a museum.
Meredith Holley
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls and boys
Recommended to Meredith 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

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
This past weekend, I got to spend some quality time with my adorable and amazing nephew, Zach. During that QT, we read this book together. Or rather, I read the book to him, and he tested it out for edibility. And while he seemed to enjoy it (he's one - his bar is pretty low right now), I personally expected something better, especially considering how freaking popular this book is.

But I think that the popularity is mainly because of the mommies who can relate to being worn out by their kids: h
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bvc, children-s, series
Olivia is a girl (illustrated as an adorable pig) who is ready to try anything and everything.  She dreams big, wears others out and eventually wears herself out.  These stories are about family dynamics, joyful growing up years and wonderful adventures. The books are beautifully illustrated, whimsical, and witty.  Olivia is a character to love and read repeatedly.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story about the everyday life of Olivia and her family. They are a charming family of pigs, who do lovely things like go to the seaside, visit art galleries, and bargain about how many books Olivia can carry off to bed at night. I loved the illustrations - often with multiple versions of Olivia pirouetting (very prettily) across the pages. The accompanying words were heart-warming and funny - and an equal pleasure.

I read this via Open Library, just before going to bed..........truly the perfec
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.

Brent Weeks
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
We went through a long Olivia phase here at the Weeks household. Sweet and slyly witty, with a dash of haute couture, and a lot of well-loved but misbehaving child, these books are just great.

(Take note that I think Ian Falconer sold off the rights to this series. There are several by him, and then a bunch by Nickelodeon or something. My review only holds for the originals by Ian Falconer.)
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kaethe Douglas
1 October, 2001

Olivia is pure, unmitigated awesome. I love her energy, her enthusiasm, her style, and her sand sculptures. I love the way she carries her cat around. I love her icons. I love her, even though she wears me out.

Also, I love Falconer's style.

Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has STYLE!
La Coccinelle
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I read Olivia the Spy last year, but I wasn't that impressed. Sometimes sequels aren't as good as the originals. That's certainly the case here, and though I didn't love Olivia, I thought it was somewhat charming and entertaining.

I think what I'm grappling with is the way Olivia and her mother say, "I love you anyway." I can't quite put my finger on why that bothers me, but it does.

Overall, it's not bad. It shows a spunky little pig who definitely likes getting her own way. Many parents of y
Emily Allen
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-children
This is my little girl's favorite book. I guess Olivia reminds her of herself!
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-read
adorable! and the girl loved it!
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! My youngest daughter and I read it all the time :)
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
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My granddaughter and I both loved this book.
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley Martin
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Olivia comes stamped with a Caldecott honor; when reading Olivia it becomes very clear as to why it was awarded this honor. Not only are the pictures spectacularly drawn, but they help in telling the story. The words themselves can infer many meanings, but the pictures make these meanings clear. For example one page reads: "Sometimes Olivia likes to bask in the sun. When her mother sees that she's had enough, they go home"; this could mean Olivia is simply tired of being at the beach, but the si ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 wer ...more
Michelle Mundinger
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I still can't quite understand what all the commotion is about this book! We received it as a shower gift as my daughter's name is Olivia, and only recently have I picked it up and started reading it to her. Not only is the humor geared towards adults, but my daughter has no clue what's going on. And if the story wasn't already falling flat, it consists of about 4 colors in each picture. Again...not very exciting. The only positive I can think of is the fact that this is a board book and can be ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The book tells us about a typical day in the life of Olivia, a little piglet that is full of personality and lots of energy. She loves to do many things which wears out not only her family, but herself as well. Although the illustrations are predominantly in black and white with little color, the reader will get a great visual of Olivia throughout her day. I really enjoyed this book due to Olivia's love for adventure and enjoying her young life. This is a great book for young ones, especially gi ...more
Gregory Baird
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Olivia. She's original and always captivating.
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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!”
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