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Olivia Forms a Band (2006)

by Ian Falconer

Series: Olivia (4)

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This is my favorite Olivia book so far--the part where Olivia puts on lipstick and then preens in the mirror cracks me and my 5-year-old up every single time. I absolutely LOVE it!!! ( )
  trayceetee | Nov 15, 2014 |
Caldecott Honor winner Ian Falconer returns to his beloved muse Olivia in Olivia Forms a Band. In this book the reader finds Olivia’s family--which has expanded to add another baby brother, William--preparing to have a picnic and view some fireworks. Olivia is naturally excited, but when she discovers that there will not be a band to accompany the display, she decides to correct the problem. Initially she suggests that the family become a band, but when they balk at the idea, she decides to take on the task of providing musical entertainment alone. Her innovation is delightful and would doubtlessly make Dick Van Dyke’s character from Mary Poppins proud.
While Olivia is just as lovable as she was in Falconer’s previous titles, this book is not quite as successful as its predecessors. Falconer’s dedication to honestly portraying a child of Olivia’s age and all the forgetfulness and distractions to which they are prone is admirable, but in this book it makes for uneven storytelling. A diversion involving Olivia and her mother’s makeup disrupts the flow of the story and proves to be unnecessary to the tale as a whole. Fans of Olivia will be happy to add this to their collection regardless, and those fan’s parents will appreciate Falconer’s insight into the ins and outs of raising young children. ( )
  ARQuay | Oct 27, 2013 |
This is another cute Olivia story about her forming a band. It would be good to read to children when they are learning about instruments. I like how Ian Falconer incorporated real pictures into his illustrations. ( )
  klmontgomery | Sep 17, 2013 |
Olivia wants to be a one-girl band for the fireworks show she is attending with her family. She gathers up all sorts of instruments, steals her dad's suspenders (while he's wearing them!) and practices (sort of). When it comes time to go to the fireworks show, she changes her mind. That night, Olivia dreams of becoming a member of the Supreme Court.

Although only my second book in the series, I really think these books are adorable. Great to read for all ages and the illustrations are really well done! ( )
  bereneezypie | Apr 23, 2013 |
Olivia is ambitious. No doubt about that. She decides to create a band for the fireworks show. So, she works hard to gather everything she needs for this band. She finds a whistle, pot lids, and a drum. Her band sure is loud. But this goes to show kids that whatever they dream can be a reality. That’s why I enjoy Olivia, no dream is too big. We are shown that on the last page when Olivia is sitting with the Supreme Court Justices.

Details: This book was written to interest children in grades K-3 and is on a 2.3 reading level. ( )
  vwhitt | Sep 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 141692454X, Hardcover)

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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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(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:55 -0400)

Olivia decides there has to be a marching band at the fireworks display, even if she has to do it herself.

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