Falconer, Ian. Olivia’s Opposites. Book Review.

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The opposites are up-and-down, long and short, coming and going, loud and quiet, plain and fancy, and open and closed.

This little board book features a pen and ink drawn pig in black, white, and red. The character, Olivia, is shakily drawn and somewhat distorted (overly long ears, back feet like a jack rabbit’s, front feet very hand and arm like). However, it is humorous and quirky. My one and a half-year-old granddaughter seemed puzzled by the illustrations. Some were bizarre. “Plain” features Olivia in tight red panties while “fancy” shows her wearing red shoes, a big red bow tying her ears together like a rabbit’s, jewelry, and bright red lipstick. It may serve an older child better.


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