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Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Berenstain Bears Accept No Substitutes by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Better Than Running at Night by Hillary Frank
Bleach 5 by Tite Kubo
Bleach 6 by Tite Kubo
Bleach 7 by Tite Kubo
The Bone Man by Frederic S. Durbin
Buy Jupiter by Isaac Asimov
Castro Valley by Devon Weston, Robert Phelps, Lucille Lorge
Cats Are Not Peas by Laura Gould
Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
Don't Ask by M. Rickert
Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
Finisterra by David Moles
Fragrant Goddess by Paul Park
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Happy Halloween Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
How Big is Your God? by Paul Coutinho
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
Letters from Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice
Miss Bianca in the Orient by Margery Sharp
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
Osama Phone Home by David Marusek
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Return of the Indian by Lynn Reid Banks
Sleep No More by Greg Iles
Stray by Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
The Turret by Margery Sharp
The Twilight Year by Sean McMullen
Two Weeks After by M. Ramsey Chapman
Unpossible by Daryl Gregory
Urdumheim by Michael Swanwick
Who Brought Tulips to the Moon? by S.L. Gilbow

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Betrayed by Elmo
BTC Database Complete
The Last Few Days
Neighbor Cats

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Comments for Olivia

OliviaOlivia: 12/12/07

My in laws continue to be a wonderful source of sidesplitting funny children's books for Sean and Harriet. On their recent visit they brought up Olivia (for Sean) and Olivia Saves the Circus (for Harriet) by Ian Falconer.

Olivia, a Caldecott Honor book, is the first of eight books. It introduces Olivia a young pig who is full of energy.

The book covers a typical day in Olivia's life. She moves the cat around a lot. She moves herself around a lot too. She scares baby brother Ian. She's a typical preschooler (except that she's a pig).

To go with the simple but funny story, Ian Falconer creates full page illustrations in a simple pallet of red, white, black and grays. Olivia, visually, borders on pop art and is just gorgeous to look at. We have enjoyed these two books so much that we've purchased another Olivia book for Sean's school book drive. I think next year we will try to get the entire Olivia collection for our home library.

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Comment #1: Thursday, December, 13, 2007 at 19:31:57

Secret Agent Mama

Since my daughter is an Olivia, we love this series of books. They are great!"



Comment #2: Friday, December, 14, 2007 at 13:56:20

Melody

I love Olivia books!

Very nice post and isn't it great to look at the art and read along to kids? I loved my daughters book library."