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Part of a series (and there are dolls, etc. to buy).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book features pig protagonist Olivia being her usual independent, creative -- but not necessarily obedient -- self. The Olivia brand includes other books, dolls, a cookie kit, etc.
Is It Any Good?
This is a rather meandering story about a spirited swine who decides to form a band to help celebrate the 4th of July. But it's a charming installment in the Olivia collection.
It's Olivia's spunky, childlike energy -- not the storyline -- that makes this book so enjoyable (choosing the perfect outfit is her final step in creating her one-girl band). That and the stylish illustrations, that is. This Olivia installment blends Ian Falconer's trademark black, white, and red with aqua flourishes. Parents and kids alike will crack up at the images of Olivia donning lipstick and admiring herself in the mirror, or the parting shot of an illustrated Olivia sitting amongst a photo of the Supreme Court justices.
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