Cover image for Olivia-- and the missing toy
Title:
Olivia-- and the missing toy
Author:
Falconer, Ian, 1959-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.
General Note:
"An Anne Schwartz Book."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 210 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 71137.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 34234 Guided reading level: J.
ISBN:
9780689852916
Format :
Book

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Summary

Olivia has one toy that she loves more than anything. She feeds him, dresses him and takes him everywhere. So when he disappears, Olivia is FURIOUS!
She looks under the rug, under the sofa, under the cat. She shouts at Ian and baby William, she cries, she stomps...all to no avail. Then, one dark and stormy night, Olivia hears a noise...Clutching a candelabra, she creeps bravely into her bedroom, and sees a huge menacing shadow on the wall. Who is this monster, and what's that hanging from his jaws?
All is resolved peacefully in this entertaining story starring our favorite pig and her favorite toy.


Author Notes

Ian Falconer was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut on August 25, 1959. He studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute. He is a writer and artist who has illustrated many covers of The New Yorker magazine. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Olivia, his first children's picture book, received many awards including the Caldecott Honor in 2001. He has published several more picture books about Olivia including Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia Helps with Christmas, and Olivia Goes to Venice. He also illustrated Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by author David Sedaris.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr.1. Olivia (2001), the first book about the little piglet, was heavy on charm and light on story. The second, Olivia Saves the Circus (2002), went a bit overboard with its story of this every child's exaggerating. This book gets everything right; the story is simple yet compelling, and Falconer's art is as imaginative and inventive as ever. When the story begins, Olivia is mostly concerned with her soccer uniform. It's green, and she doesn't like it. Mother works on making a new one in Olivia's signature red, but by the time she's finished, Olivia's attention is focused elsewhere: her toy kitty is missing. Olivia looks everywhere, and she fiercely interrogates her brothers. It's only after the lights go out during a dark and stormy night that she finds the real culprit. A marvelous foldout reveals the monster that captured her best toy. As the most successful picture books do, this works on several levels: it's great for young listeners, who will respond to the action and the art, and for adults, who will smile with recognition at lively Olivia. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The porcine star who burst onto the children's books stage in black and white-plus her favorite color, red-is back! Here Falconer adds green to his palette and mystery to the plot for this third adventure featuring the incomparable Olivia. However, "green is not Olivia's color." So she entreats her mother to make a red soccer jersey to replace her team's green one. "But then you'll look different from everyone else on the team," says her mother. "That's the point," retorts the heroine in an oversize font. While her mother sews, Olivia's beloved green-and-red toy (who makes a comical cameo appearance in a wordless vignette on the endpapers) disappears with the turn of a page. (A clue appears in the lower right-hand corner of the illustration, where the toy is last seen.) It won't give away the fun to say that Perry-the spotted, panting pooch introduced in Olivia and who bears a certain resemblance to the sidekicks in the "Madame Olivia and her Trained Dogs" act in Olivia Saves the Circus-plays a bigger role in this episode. Once again Falconer nails common three-year-old parlance and posture. As Olivia shouts, "Where's my toy? It was right there on the bed. I just put it there. I remember exactly. That's my best toy. I need it!" the audience assumes the viewpoint of her mother, staring down into the protagonist's gaping mouth. Though it hardly seems possible, Falconer's visual and verbal narrative talents continue to grow. And so will Olivia's devotees. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Olivia is back, the indomitable individualist now coaxing her mother to make her a new soccer uniform in red, not the "really unattractive green" of the rest of the team. During the sewing session, Olivia's stuffed animal disappears and the fearless piglet must solve the mystery. She eventually tracks it down, but it is now in pieces, courtesy of the dog. Olivia's tears are surprisingly easily diverted by her father's glib promise from behind the newspaper to replace it with "the very best toy in the whole world," but the independent protagonist resews it herself and even improves on the original. Once again, the illustrations are stylish and witty, now extended by the addition of green to Falconer's trademark charcoal-and-gouache black, white, and red palette. The inclusion of photographic reproductions (the sphinx in a dream and Martha Graham on the bedroom wall) adds a nice contrast, and the endpapers show a comic strip of the little pig trying to get her toy to sit up. The changes in the size of the typeface to indicate volume of speech as Olivia interrogates her little brothers, and as her distress escalates, are hilarious. But the plot meanders a little, and it seems as though Falconer is letting style overtake story. Olivia is in danger of starting to appear more like a bratty bully than the charming nonconformist we know and love. Still, her many fans will enjoy this latest adventure of the piglet turned detective.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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