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Olivia. And The Missing Toy

Olivia And The Missing Toy

Atheneum Books for Young Readers


Author: Ian Falconer

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Olivia has one toy that she loves over anything. She feeds him, dresses him and takes him everywhere. So when he disappears, Olivia is FURIOUS!

        She looks under the rug, beneath the sofa, beneath the cat. She shouts at Ian and baby William, she cries, she stomps. all to no avail. Clutching a candelabra, she creeps bravely into her bedroom, and sees a enormous menacing shadow on the wall. Who is this monster, and what's that hanging from his jaws? Then, a single dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise.

Olivia, like many young pigs, experiences life really intensely."She sews up her dismembered toy and falls asleep that very night cozied up with both it and also the toy-wrecking Perry. The New Yorker cartoonist and Caldecott Honor artist Ian Falconer (Olivia, 2001) fills his pages with delightful visual stunts, like the time-lapse drawings of Olivia waiting and waiting and waiting for her mom to sew her soccer shirt and the exaggeratedly scary shadow the toy-eating dog casts on the wall. She looks beneath the rug, the sofa, and the cat. Olivia fans will rejoice to establish their favorite pig being her usual extreme self. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson As devastating as this is to a passionate young pig,"even Olivia couldn't stay mad forever. She is utterly obsessed with having her mother make her a red soccer shirt (despite the fact that the team color is green) , until, of course, she discovers that her favorite toy, her extremely best toy, is missing, at which point she becomes utterly obsessed with finding it."That night (a dark and stormy one) , she hears a horrible sound emanating from behind a closed door, and, in a dramatic scene illuminated by her flaming candelabra and showcased in a fold-out spread, she sees the loved ones dog Perry chewing her favorite toy to bits. She shouts accusingly at both her younger brother Ian and her baby brother William, who responds with an unsatisfactory"Wooshee gaga.



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