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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Hardcover) by Ian Falconer

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About the Book

Readers will join Olivia on a hilarious quest for individuality in this latest book of the Olivia series, and rest assured, this pig won't be in pink.

Book Synopsis

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

Review Quotes

"Olivia is back and as strong-willed as ever in this rumination on individuality. The usually upbeat piglet is depressed. "I think I'm having an identity crisis." All of the children in her class want to be princesses.... But Olivia likes to be unique.... Falconer's trademark use of minimalistic color to make Olivia stand out from the crowd is in full force here. His visual humor underscores his punch lines and illustrates Olivia's imagination...the subtle, sophisticated humor is pitched at adults as well as children. Falconer's witty parent-child banter will resonate with listeners old and young alike. Anyone who is afraid of challenging words and complex ideas should stay away, but parents looking for a way to expand their children's minds with more than a few chuckles along the way will find this story just the ticket. More please."

--School Library Journal, August 2012

* "Falconer's hammy piglet...opens this delightful installment declaring, "I think I'm having an identity crisis.... I don't know what I should be!"....Olivia stubbornly dresses in red-and-white-striped long johns, resists damsel-in-distress bedtime stories, and lies awake considering philanthropic lines of work. Lest this be seen as pure propaganda, however, Olivia's ultimate career decision places everything in perspective."-- "Publishers Weekly"

"In this latest, delightfully droll episode, readers find their precocious pig suffering from an identity crisis.... Olivia's whirring brain begins to consider what she might like to be.... Her ultimate choice is quintessentially Olivia. Falconer's charcoal-and-gouache illustrations, black and white with splashes of color interspersed, showcase Olivia's unique spirit and dramatic flair...panache aplenty."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Independent-minded Olivia continues to be an endearing and distinctive heroine, and many a kid (and adult) weary of Barbie-pink fluff will find Olivia's perspective refreshing...the hordes of piglets clad in rosy tutus are actually quite adorable, but confident Olivia pictorially makes a strong case for striped ensembles and primary hues as she attractively poses in Falconer's charcoal and gouache illustrations.

This is a helpful reassurance that there are enjoyable alternatives to pink princesses for imaginative play and dressup possibilities."-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, September 2012"

"Olivia is depressed. She sees that individuality counts for little in her world.... After she spends the night pondering what she can be other than a princess, the last page shows her glorious with previous books, most of the fun comes from the delicious artwork executed in signature charcoal perked up with reds.... There are also some strong messages here about individuality and reinventing yourself according to your own vision. It's an idea you're never to young to learn."-- "Booklist"

"Thank God for Ian Falconer and his Olivia. She is the popular school-age pig, the latest in a lien of independent, high-spirited young ladies that goes back at least to Madeline and Eloise, and also includes Frances the badger and Lilly the mouse. Her seventh full-fledged adventure, "Olivia and the Fairy Princesses," is, to my taste, her best since her introduction 12 years ago."-- "The New York Times Book Review, August 2012"

"The legions of young children (and parents) who have relished Ian Falconer's Olivia books are well aware that the redoubtable eponymous piglet has a distinct personality and a flamboyant sensibility all her own. As a stand-in for the most amusing sort of precocious child, Olivia revels in her uniqueness and finds it provoking that other people need to conform. Yet at the same time, she is not wholly indifferent to the pleasures that other little girls enjoy."-- "Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2012"

I approach sequels cautiously--they frequently don't measure up to the original. Happily, this one doesn't disappoint.... Falconer's droll humor is evident in both words and pictures...pure Olivia.-- "The Plain Dealer"

Dimensions (Overall): 11.2 Inches (H) x 9 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.05 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 40
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Humorous Stories
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Author: Ian Falconer
Language: English
Street Date: March 12, 2012
TCIN: 14197809
UPC: 9781442450271
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-2609
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 11 inches length x 8.5 inches width x 0.38 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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4.3 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
50% would recommend
2 recommendations

Olivia and The Princeses

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
NicMac - 3 months ago
Such a weird book. Starting out with first line of the book..."Olivia is depressed" WHAT? This is a children's book...? Absolutely not. Followed by, just tell me the part where everyone gets eaten when her mom refused to tell her the little red riding hood story again.. this is a sickening book. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
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A must have!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Ayana - 9 years ago
I couldn't find a better book for my daughter whom I don't want to be another "princess." Leave it to Ian Falconer's Olivia to get it done. Genius!
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