Ian Falconer

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Ian Falconer

Olivia (2000)Olivia is an energetic and silly pig who has a talent for wearing people out, especially her mother. After meeting Olivia and her family, we follow her as she dresses in the morning (which means trying on every piece of clothing she owns), spends sunny days at the beach making sandcastles, takes trips on rainy days to the museum, resists naptime, and haggles for more bedtime stories. Olivia Saves the Circus (2001)At school, Olivia recounts to her classmates how she saved the circus during vacation when the clowns, acrobats, and ringmasters were all sick with ear infections. Taking charge , Olivia tames the lions, walks the tightrope, rides a unicycle, and becomes "Olivia, Queen of the Trampoline."Olivia Helps with Christmas (2007)After finishing their last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, there are so many things for Olivia to help with at home, such as feed her baby brother, untangle Christmas lights, and set the table, and none go well. The hardest part for Olivia is waiting for Santa so her family sets out to distract her by having a sing-a-long and preparing a snack for Santa.

- 2001 Caldecott Honor - Olivia - 2001 ALA Notable Children's Book - Olivia - 2002 Book Sense Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year - Olivia Saves the Circus - 2002 ALA Notable Children's Book - Olivia Saves the Circus - Nick Jr. Best Book of 2001 - 2000 & 2001ALA Notable Children's Book - 2001 Child's Best Book - 2000 & 2001 Los Angeles Time Best Books - 2000 & 2001 Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2008 Children’s Choice Book Award Winner for Illustrator of the Year - Olivia Helps with Christmas (Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, n.d)

2006 - Mail: Olivia was one of eight characters featured on a first-class postage stamp by the United States Postal Service as part of the "Favorite Children's Book Animals" issue.2008 - Television: Nickelodeon and Chorion partnered to bring the Olivia books to life in an animated television series. The show launched on Nickelodeon on January 26, 2009.2011 - iTunes: Polin8 Media partnered with Chorion, to create an interactive iPAD application called "Olivia Acts Out" that is available on iTunes. (Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, n.d.)


Born in Ridgefield, Connecticut on August 25, 1959 as Ian Woodwark FalconerBest known for the Olivia series featuring the adventures of a young girl pig Studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art InstituteCreated over 30 covers for The New YorkerDesigned sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, and Covent Garden(Falconer, n.d.) (The Library Store, n.d.)


IAN FALCONERAuthor - Illustrator - Costume/Set Designer

Did you know...Olivia is based on Ian Falconer's own niece because he wanted to give her a special present when she was born! (Falconer, n.d.)



COMPLETE OLIVIA SERIES:Olivia - Olivia Saves the Circus - Olivia's Opposites - Olivia Counts Olivia...and the Missing Toy - Teatro Olivia - Olivia Forms a Band Dream Big (starring Olivia) - Olivia Helps with Christmas Olivia Goes to Venice - Olivia and the Fairy Princesses


Official Olivia the Pig Website Interview on NPRNew York Times Article School Library Journal ArticlePublisher's Weekly


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