Olivia is back! She has decided to form a band: a one-pig band, to be exact. And, as we all know, Olivia is certainly capable of making enough noise to sound like an entire orchestra...Featuring gatefold flaps, fireworks, experiments with lipstick and a very cross mummy, the fourth "Olivia" book is simply and hilariously told and gorgeously ...Read MoreOlivia is back! She has decided to form a band: a one-pig band, to be exact. And, as we all know, Olivia is certainly capable of making enough noise to sound like an entire orchestra...Featuring gatefold flaps, fireworks, experiments with lipstick and a very cross mummy, the fourth "Olivia" book is simply and hilariously told and gorgeously rendered - sure to delight Olivia fans of all ages!Read Less
I am a kindergarten teacher and I first came across this book in our school library. The first time I read it, I knew I had to have it! The Olivia books are wondeful because they appeal to adults and children. It's great when you and your children can laugh at the same stories! (a reason why I also am in love with the Junie B Jones series, my students LOVE those books!) Olivia Forms a Band is by far my favorite of the Olivia books (the "make-up" part is the clincher for me!)
Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-03 After demonstrating that she could perform in not one but all of the star attractions under the Big Top in Olivia Saves the Circus, the hoofed heroine here proves that she can be a one-piglet band. When Olivia discovers that there will be no band to accompany the summer fireworks, she announces, "I know! We'll be the band!" Once more, Falconer's mastery of detail and pacing results in outlandish comedy. On the left, a stop-action scene conveys the family's response-a wide-eyed look of panic; on the right-hand page, cat and dog take off in opposite directions, baby William crawls away, and Olivia's father hides behind a newspaper. " `Fine,' said Olivia. `I'll be the band.' " Falconer again uses his signature vignettes to comical effect in a kind of comic strip succession, as Olivia, sporting a red polka-dot union suit, gives baby William a bottle in exchange for his xylophone, and trades toddler Ian a cookie jar for his drum; a show-stopping sextet of spot illustrations depicts Olivia removing her father's suspenders to reveal red polka-dot boxers ("Look, Daddy, we're twins"). When Olivia emerges as a multi-tasking piglet in a sky-blue striped unitard, Daddy's suspenders (they hold the xylophone and drum in place) and a pot lid on each foot, a gatefold exhibits fantasy images of Olivia as drummer, flautist, tuba player and more, beneath four-plus measures of classic marching music. The band may not have made it to the picnic, but Olivia gets the last laugh-and so do readers. Another crowd-pleasing performance for the porcine starlet and her creator. Ages 3-7. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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