Olivia Helps with Christmas

Ian Falconer, Author, Ian Falconer, Illustrator . S&S/Atheneum $18.99 (58p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0786-2

More a succession of family anecdotes-in-the-making than a plot-driven story, the holiday installment of a much-loved series finds the adroitly accessorized piglet and her family decking the halls of a house in the country on Christmas Eve. Olivia, charged with “a very special job” (Mom-speak for interrupting the “Santa watch” Olivia and her younger brothers mount by the rain-streaked picture window), proudly shows off the table she has set by herself, topped with a decorated miniature tree: “Why, that's beautiful, darling. Where did you ever find that perfect little…” her mother beams; open the gatefold to see the rest of the room, where a saw and a stool stand next to the family's (decapitated) “…tree?” as the mother falteringly completes the question. Readers will claim other episodes as their own favorites; as usual, Falconer knows how to play pictures and text off each other to maximum comic impact. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/22/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
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Board Books - 40 pages - 978-1-4424-9446-6
Ebook - 50 pages - 978-0-85707-345-7
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