Olivia Helps with Christmas

by Ian Falconer

The irrepressible Olivia brings her unique brand of porcine charm to the holiday... read more

The irrepressible Olivia brings her unique brand of porcine charm to the holiday season. Whether she’s “helping” with the tree lights or standing at a rain-slicked window on Santa watch, Olivia’s got the situation covered—at least from her perspective. Ian Falconer uses perfect pacing and a deceptively simple illustrative style to offer up a hysterical look at Christmas, Olivia-style. The expression on her parents’ faces when they are gifted with Olivia’s extremely pink and larger-than-life self-portrait (“Won’t it be beautiful over the fireplace?”) is especially memorable. Olivia’s experience reflects that of youngsters everywhere, with holiday ups and downs and a few moments of magic. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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