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OLIVIA AND THE FAIRY PRINCESSES by Ian Falconer

OLIVIA AND THE FAIRY PRINCESSES

From the Olivia series, volume 7

By Ian Falconer (Author) , Ian Falconer (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-5027-1
Publisher: Atheneum

In this latest, delightfully droll episode, readers find their precocious pig suffering from an identity crisis.

While all the other girls she knows, and even some of the boys, dress as ruffled pink princesses for parties and desperately want to be fairy princess ballerinas, Olivia’s aspirations are more sui (or sooey?) generis. She may have wanted to be a ballerina once. But that was last year, when she was too young to know better. Now, on an uproarious two-page spread that depicts her in a series of Martha Graham–style postures, Olivia explains that she is “trying to develop a more stark, modern style.” Befittingly, a framed photograph of Graham is in clear view above Olivia’s bed as her understandably exasperated mother attempts to read to her from a book of fairy tales. Olivia rejects Rapunzel because she ends up becoming a princess, but she quickly realizes that she wouldn’t want to be the little match girl freezing in the snow either. Olivia’s whirring brain begins to consider what she might like to be instead—a nurse or a reporter perhaps? Her ultimate choice is quintessentially Olivia. Falconer’s charcoal-and-gouache illustrations, black and white with splashes of color interspersed, showcase Olivia’s unique spirit and dramatic flair.

Not a whole lot of plot here, but panache aplenty. (Picture book. 4-7)