Lavishly brought to life in Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best--making noise. Full color.
From the Publisher:
Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself...all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia Forms a Band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best -- making noise.
About the Author:In Los Angeles, I began my career as an artist. I also started working with the painter David Hockney. I first assisted him on revivals of some of his earlier opera productions...later I began collaborating with him, designing sets and costumes for new productions of Tristan and Isolde for the Los Angeles Opera, Die Frau Ohne Schatten for Covent Garden and Turandot for the Chicago Lyric and San Francisco Operas. It was here that I learned the ancient and delicate art of transforming a large, difficult, aggressive, middle-aged dramatic soprano into an eighteen-year-old virgin princess.
I was born in Connecticut in 1959. As a boy, I attended the Long Ridge School in Stamford. At the age of fourteen, I was sent away to the Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts. Both schools were liberal, experimental and progressive and allowed me to spend serious time concentrating on my artistic interests. For this I cannot thank my parents enough.
Five years ago I moved back to New York, where I have continued painting and stage design; some theatre, mostly ballet, notably Stravinsky's Scene de Ballet for New York City Ballet and his Firebird for Boston Ballet. Also, I started working for The New Yorker magazine, my first time doing illustration. I am now working on my fourteenth cover for them.
At the same time, I began fooling around with an idea for Olivia. I intended it originally as a little Christmas present for my niece of the same name. The real Olivia is an extremely headstrong, imaginative child who, even at the age of three (she is seven, now), could argue (or stonewall, or bulldoze, or filibuster) through any "inconvenience" to achieve her goal. (Always in the nicest way, I might add; she's very charming.)
At any rate, the drawings and the character became better and better, so I began to really develop it in earnest. Eventually, I brought it to a large Manhattan agency, where I was told that although they loved the drawings, they felt that I should be paired with a professional writer. Well, having so carefully created this character, I am afraid my vanity wouldn't allow me to relegate myself to "illustrated by." I also thought my instincts about the story were, if unpolished, right, and had happened organically with the pictures.
So, I sat on it. Then a couple of years later, Anne Schwartz at Simon and Schuster called me. She liked my New Yorker work and asked if I would be interested in doing a children's book. I brought her Olivia. --Ian Falconer