On a rainy, gray mid-May morning, the PTLL was quieter than most Mondays. Maybe the weather had everyone sleeping in just a little bit longer or taking a little longer to get ready. In any case, the crowd was light but the spirits were high at this week’s storytime, where we threw in clapping and foot-stomping to add energy to our lazy stretches. We needed energy, because that what the main character of today’s story has aplenty:
by Ian Falconer
Olivia is a very particular pig. She loves art and music and picking up the cat and torturing her little brother, Ian. When it comes time to choose an outfit, Olivia must try on everything she owns. At the beach, she builds sand-skyscrapers, instead of sandcastles. After a trip to the art museum, she sets out to prove that she is the next Jackson Pollack… on the living room wall.
Precocious? Absolutely. High maintenance? Maybe a little – but her family loves her anyway, and so will you and your kids. Olivia is filled with rich, subtle humor embodied by the elegant tri-colored illustration style. The little details are a pleasure to look out for, as well as a few full-page illustrations that surprise and delight readers.
If your kids love Olivia, there is an entire empire of books, TV episodes, and merchandise to experience, but I’d recommend sticking with the original book series to start. The TV-tie-in books lack the sophisticated style of the original books and are more extensions of the TV series than the work by Ian Falconer.
Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.