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    Ian Falconer

Why It's Loved:

    There's something about Olivia that makes me smile. If you have a daughter, Olivia is a great opportunity to see how your little girl will be thinking, playing, and dreaming in the years to come.

    As you read to your baby, you'll be introducing her to a few famous paintings as you read (always a bonus), and will chuckle out loud at Olivia's attempt to "recreate" them at home (and the subsequent punishment!).

    The illustrations are simple, but I think that adds to their charm. The addition of splashes of color (red, of course!) to the standard black-and-white pen drawings keep your eyes moving around the page, exploring each drawing. (And don't forget, the first three colors a baby sees are black, white, and red!)

An Excerpt:

This is Olivia.
She is good at lots of things.
She's especially good at wearing people out.
She even wears herself out.

If I Have to Nit-Pick...

    I'll admit, I didn't like Olivia right away. The first few read-throughs seem somewhat disjointed and choppy. However, once you've read through it a few times, you'll hit your stride and really tap into the charm that Olivia offers.

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    Remember that you not only will this review give you an entry into the baby reading contest, you can receive bonus entries by...

    • Uploading a picture of your baby and Olivia.
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    Naturally, I'll have to verify your subscriptions and promotions in order to grant your bonus entries. Simply email me here via an online form or directly at

    Contest MUSTS:

    • You MUST make your review helpful. Not helpful? No entry. The best way to do this is to copy the questions listed in the entry form and answer them one at a time. Here's a great example of a helpful review (add a photo for a bonus entry!).
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