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Olivia Goes to Venice: 07/04/11

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With the exception of Olivia Helps with Christmas, we own every one of Ian Falconer's Olivia books. When I heard he had a new one out, Olivia Goes to Venice, I had to get a copy.

Venice is one of those places I would love to see in person. For the moment, though, it's a place I travel to in books. Olivia now has had a chance to go.

Her family adventure involves pigeons in Piazza San Marco, tons of gelato, and a problematic gondola ride. All of these places are rendered with digitally augmented photographs with the gauche black, white and red paintings of Olivia and her family.

The book ends with Olivia leaving her indelible mark on Venice by taking home the wrong souvenir. I'm glad this book is fiction because otherwise Venice would never be the same.

Five stars.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, July, 5, 2011 at 11:07:49

Ann

I haven't read any of these. Venice is my favorite place in the world. I'm currently reading a Donna Leon book based there. Ann



Comment #2: Friday, July 8, 2011 at 23:18:10

Pussreboots

The Olivia books are cute. Happy reading.