Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Book Recommendation: Olivia by Ian Falconer

Olivia, by Ian Falconer is a picture book worth reading over and over. Falconer has created a loveable character in Olivia, both with his words and his beautiful, red, white, and black illustrations. A loud and tireless piglet, Olivia explores her world in a way that makes readers of all ages laugh out loud.

When Olivia visits the art museum she is confused, like many of us, by the Jackson Pollock painting. She decides that she could make that painting, but what she makes is trouble. The book is full of episodes like this in which Olivia learns about life the way only a young child can. This Caldecott Honor Book is the first of a series of stunning Olivia books by Falconer. I recommend them all, though they do not all relate to art and so cannot all be featured on this website.

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