Friday, September 28, 2012

Welcome in Fall with a Good Book -- Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer (Review)

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses 

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, August 2012
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN-10: 1442450274
ISBN-13: 9781442450271
Grades: P - 2


In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them!

Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! She has to be special! She wants to do more than just fit in! So what will she be?

Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality, and rest assured, you won’t find THIS pig pleased to be in pink!

My Thoughts:

Does your little one love the popular animated series, "Olivia" on television?  Well, Savannah does, and loves reading the collection of Olivia books we have picked up for her.  Similar to Angelina Ballerina (who is a mouse), Olivia is a precocious pig who loves to dance and were a tutu.  What makes Olivia so special in our house is that one of Savannah's first words besides Mommy and Daddy was "pig."  We used to read her these books from birth and onward, as when Savannah began talking, she would point to her Olivia dolls or books and say "pig."

So, when I saw this new release, I had to get a copy to share with our little princess.  You should have seen how excited she was when I showed her the book for the first time.  And, when Arabella went down for a nap, Savannah asked to have me read her this book.  The book itself is easy for young children to understand and follow along.  The illustrators, which are done by the author, are what really make the book.  They look like pencil sketches, but the author/illustrator makes them pop with the bright colors he adds to them -- usually in the form of the tutu, red and white striped pajamas, etc. 

If you are familiar with the popular animated series, Olivia, then you know that this pig likes to be original.  In this book, Olivia wants to be more than a princess and sets off on a journey of self discovery.  It is not until the last page that the reader finds out what she wants to be.  But, if you follow the series, then you know that this little pig dreams big and her imagination is also big.  Young children will laugh and enjoy reading and looking at the fun illustrations in this book, as they see the many identities of Olivia, which make her stand out.  This book has become a favorite at bedtime, and will be enjoyed for years to come!

About the Author/Illustrator:

Ian Falconer

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Olivia picture books: Olivia, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia...and the Missing Toy, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia Goes to Venice, and Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. 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 others. Mr. Falconer lives in New York City.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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