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Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

Olivia Forms a Band (2006)

by Ian Falconer

Series: Olivia (4)

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That imaginative and willful little pig Olivia returns in this fourth picture-book chronicling her adventures, this time determined to create her own marching band, when her mother informs her that the fireworks they will be seeing that evening won't have musical accompaniment. When her family members don't prove as enthusiastic as she is at the idea of participating, our porcine heroine decides she will have to do it by herself. After all, as Olivia reminds her mother, she alone can sound like five people, so why not form a band...?

Like its predecessors, Olivia Forms a Band is a superb picture-book, one that pairs a pitch-perfect narrative about a feisty and creative young girl with lots of energy and not a lot of restraint, with absolutely hilarious illustrations that are as beautiful as they are entertaining. Ian Falconer is at the top of his form here, adeptly capturing the droll expressions on the faces of Olivia and her family in his charcoal and gouache artwork. A number of photographs - a rock band, a marching band, the Supreme Court! - are worked into the artwork, in the thought bubbles. Highly recommended to anyone who has read and enjoyed other stories about Olivia, as well as to anyone looking for stories about feisty young girls and their imaginary inner worlds. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 26, 2017 |
Olivia wants to form a band for the firework show. But, none of her family members want to play with her. Olivia being determined went ahead and formed a one person band and played a few instruments all by her self. She ends up deciding to not bring the band to the firework show. Instead, she would rather be with her family. A theme to this story could be to always be determined. Even if things don't go as planned always give it your best shot and work with what you got. Olivia did just that by forming her own band and be able to manage multiple instruments at once. I think children in prek-2 could easily enjoy this story. The text appear In small amounts and I really enjoy how the instrument sounds are written. They are spread out, capitalized ,and typed in bold.Giving much opportunity for the reader to use different voice pitches which always keeps the students engaged. ( )
  Phallan | Feb 1, 2017 |
This a great for children and the whole family. This a story about a girl name Olivia who wants to start a band but in the end she is in the band all by herself. Eventually she exhausts herself because she played all the instruments by herself and sleeps soundly. ( )
  Alexgirl16 | Nov 5, 2016 |
I liked this book for several reasons. In the book, Olivia and her family are going to see the fireworks and Olivia is upset because there isn't going to be a band to go along with the fireworks. After her family doesn't volunteer to be in her band, she decides to make a one man band. She gathers items from all over her house and practices all day, much to her family's dismay. When it is time to go to the fireworks, Olivia decides to not bring her band, but to enjoy the beauty of the fireworks. The main idea of this story is that you don't always need a bunch of extra things to make something special. Sometimes it's nice to just enjoy something on its own. I really liked the illustrations in this book because they perfectly showed how I imagine in my head how Olivia and her family members' facial expressions were. When Olivia is practicing, her face is so happy and determined, and her mom, dad, and brothers' faces look like "Oh no when is this going to stop?" Besides the fact that she's a pig, Olivia is believable. She takes things very literally and has quite the imagination. For example, when her mom tells her that one person can't be a band and even the word band sounds like more than one person, Olivia informs her, "This morning you told me I sounded like five people." I feel that is exactly what a child would say. ( )
  ejones35 | Oct 31, 2016 |
Olivia is a pig full of creativity along with a typical child's imagination. It is full of real life pictures and animated ones too. Olivia decides that the fireworks she is going to later needs a band and this keeps her busy most of the day. By the time she needs to leave she is interested in other things, just like most children.
  OliviaJacobson | Sep 10, 2016 |
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Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself... all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best--making noise

Exclusive Art from Ian Falconer's Olivia Forms a Band

Why wasn't this picture included in the book? Here's a look inside the creation of a blockbuster picture book.

There were 60 images selected for Olivia Forms a Band out of over 70 pieces of art submitted by Olivia creator Ian Falconer. Sixty images may sound like a lot, but many pages are filled with multiple depictions of our porcine heroine. For instance, when you look at the page where Olivia is removing Daddy's suspenders, this page has nine separate drawings. On the other hand, the glorious fireworks scenes are all composed of one piece of art per page.

For this particular image of Olivia provided exclusively for Amazon.com customers, Falconer didn't feel like this artwork captured Olivia's true character. However, many people in-house at Simon & Schuster loved the picture and thought it was typical of a 5-year-old playing with her mother's lipstick. While there's a lot to love in this picture, Ian Falconer after all is the man behind Olivia. He knows better than anyone what makes something up to "Olivia standards." Sometimes that is as simple as being able to know which image works best for a particular moment in the book. In this instance Falconer felt the drawings that were used in the final book served the scene better, and with that this one was left on the cutting room floor.

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