Olivia Forms a Band

August 1, 2008 at 2:52 am | Posted in children's books, picture book | Leave a comment
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Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

Olivia, a precocious little pig, decides to form her own band when she learns that there won’t be one at the fireworks display her family will be attending.  Along the way, she does typical young child things like bribe her siblings for items she needs for the band and complains that in a drawer full of identical red socks that she cannot find the match to the one she’s currently wearing.  The punch line to the story, of course, is that once she’s formed her one pig band that she loses interest before making it to the fireworks display.

I’ve been curious about Olivia since I first learned about her a couple of years ago.  I’ve always meant to rent these books from the library but never had a chance.  When I found this copy for $1.50 at the local Food Lion, i couldn’t pass it up.  Now that I’ve read it, I can’t say that I completely understand the appeal.  Sure, from a parent’s perspective it could be funny to see some of these typically erratic childhood behaviors, but I found this story disjointed.  There was no continuity.  While I don’t expect that out of my children, I do expect it out of the books I read.  Allison has asked me to read it twice, but she only seems to be interested in the pictures of the fireworks (which are nice).  Perhaps this will be more meaningful to the girls when they’re old enough to read and better comprehend Olivia.

As for me, I just don’t get it.

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