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Olivia by Ian Falconer
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Jan 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: format-picture-books, caldecott-honor
Read in March, 2012

Though I think the Olivia cartoon is well done, I’m sad that there is anything in the world that takes the spotlight away from this original picture book introducing this spirited little girl pig and her wild imagination. Anyone who has known a lively preschooler will recognize Olivia’s antics as very realistic. The illustrations are striking because of the very limited palette where red is basically the only non-neutral color, and their style matches the sometimes tongue-in-cheek tone of the text. Little brother Ian is also adorable, and younger siblings will recognize his bewilderment in the face of Olivia’s big personality. I think the later Olivia books become somewhat formulaic, but this first one is a delight.

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