- Shanea Goldizen
New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Ian Falconer wrote the first book in the Olivia series after being inspired by his little niece. Since that first book, he has written a handful more starring that mischievous little pig using his signature minimalist style in black and white with a splash of red here and there.
Everyone’s favorite black and white pig is back in Olivia Goes to Venice. It’s vacation time, and Olivia is going to Venice with her family. Even before they depart, Olivia shows her fabulous flare and tendency for drama while she’s packing her suitcase with flippers and water skis, “Mother, apparently the city is often under water and –”, and even going through airport security, “As they went through the airport, Olivia was searched for weapons. She was very pleased.”
Once they get to Venice, Olivia falls in love with gelato and the magnificent palazzos along the Grand Canal. Falconer includes beautiful pictures of all of the major sites in Venice, including the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco. While in Venice, Olivia makes it her mission to find the perfect souvenir. Once she finds it, the drastic measures she goes to to get it leave a lasting mark on the city that will keep them from ever forgetting her!
With the same spunk and humor as the previous Olivia books, Falconer’s most recent addition provides an enjoyable read for kids and parents alike. You can play games, learn more about Ian Falconer and even find out what Olivia is doing at the moment by visiting www.oliviathepiglet.com.