- Number of Pages: 40
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Have fun with Olivia. --going to sleep at last. dressing upsinging songsbuilding sand castlesnapping (maybe) dancingpainting on wallsand -- whew!
Olivia could be Eloise, if Eloise had been a pig. She is also quite skilled at reproducing Jackson Pollock's"Autumn Rhythm #30"on the walls at property. She is very good at singing 40 really loud songs and is very excellent at wearing folks out. And scaring the living daylights out of her small brother, Ian, particularly when he copies her every move. When her mother tucks her in at night and says,"You know, you really wear me out."But I love you anyway,"Olivia precociously pronounces,"I love you anyway too.
The New Yorker artist Ian Falconer's endearing charcoal portraits of his porcine heroine are spotted with fire-engine red gouache in all the proper places--perhaps a tribute to Hilary Knight's red, pink, white, and black celebrations of Olivia's human counterpart? When she dresses up, the bow on her ears, her red lipstick, and her high-heeled shoes are all red.) Falconer does a fine job of letting the spare text set up the jokes for the visual punch lines--a dryly humorous interplay that adults will appreciate as considerably as kids. (The only time her shades-of-gray body is pink is when she is sunburned and also the location where her bathing suit was is white!
Preschoolers (and their parents) will see themselves in Olivia--a typical high-energy, over-the-top kid who likes the beach and Degas paintings, but hates naps. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson Bottom line: precocious is fun, and we're tickled pink to have Olivia join the parade of, let's just say, individualistic youngsters. While we are certainly reminded of Eloise, Falconer's portrait is simpler in scope, much less demented, and, as a result, less adult. On the other hand, she combs her ears and is unusually gifted at sandcastle generating.
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