Olivia Goes to Venice

Olivia Goes to Venice

Ian Falconer
Children's
Simon & Schuster, 2010
Reinforced
$17.99

One of the current favorites among children’s books is Ian Falconer’s “Olivia” series. This lovable and bossy pig has had a band, been queen of the trampoline and left no stone unturned to find a missing toy. Now she is off to Venice! She and her family explore the old city – the grand palazzos, the bridges, and the canals. They feed the pigeons, but most of all they feed themselves – gelato, gelato, gelato – until the gondola nearly sinks! Falconer intersperses lovely charcoal-and-gouache drawings with photos (often humorously PhotoShopped) of Venice. A new, somewhat more sophisticated take on the Olivia that children (and adults) have come to love.