Olivia Forms a Band

Olivia Forms a Band

by Ian Falconer


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Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself...all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best — making noise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416924548
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/06/2006
Series: Olivia the Pig Series
Pages: 50
Sales rank: 184,563
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series, including Olivia, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, to name a few. Falconer’s illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker. He has also designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 25, 1959

Place of Birth:

Ridgefield, Connecticut


Studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute

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Olivia Forms a Band 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Danielle Bissel More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good childrens book about when a little pig named Olivia starts a band. All small children will definetly like this book and grownups probably will too.
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We have a four-year-old named Olivia, and it is like Ian was writing the books about her antics. She is SO much like this strong-willed little pig! We own the series, and are always anxious to see a new one come out. Adorable illustrations!
sharty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia is frustrated when no one else will join her band for the family's picnic to see fireworks. Inventive as always, she creates her own one-person band. When it's time for the picnic, she decided she doesn't want to take the band, and the family enjoys the display of fireworks. Naturally, Olivia forgets to clean up, and her mom makes a lot of noise running into all of the instruments as Olivia sleeps.
Leshauck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grades 2-4. Kids will love this book cause their imaginations and things they create come alive in this book. Creativity is the object of this book.
suzecate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia the porcine diva is dreaming big again. When her mother announces that the family is going to see fireworks that evening, Olivia insists that fireworks without a band is just not kosher. Recruiting her family is met with worried here-we-go-again looks, but Olivia is not deterred. My favorite line from Olivia comes after Olivia's mother tells her a band has to sound like more than one person: "This morning you told me I sounded like five people!" (Echoing similar refrains in our house.)My daughter's favorite page was the one with the fireworks (['fa¿¿¿¿ks] in her idiolect), which she still remembers from the 4th of July.One thing that pleased me was to see Olivia being considerate of her siblings in piecing together her one-pig band (although she appears to snatch her father's suspenders without asking), giving them something they want in exchange for their toy musical instruments.As with the other Olivia books, Falconer's palette is spare black-and-white, punctuated with splashes of red and blue. The expressions on his characters' faces are so masterful that they tell at least as much of the story as does the prose.A couple quibbles I have are the ever-present baby bottle (with no adult nearby) and the non-sequitur final page with its depiction of what Olivia's dreaming (I suspect it was put there to give adults a chuckle as I can't imagine the vast majority of the book's target audience would recognize it - my daughter wanted to know who those people were), but overall I found it as charming as my girl did.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't as good as Olivia's other outings, but Falconer can't help but have moments of brilliance in all his books. Here it's when Olivia suggests forming a band on one page and her family uniformly disengages eye contact on the next. Delightful, as always.
kirkonly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia forms a band is a classic Falconer book. Olivia is upset when she finds out that there will be no band to play when the fireworks go off. So she sets off on a mission to forma band. The only problem is it is just her. You go on an Olivia journey of forming a band and what happens when you do not sound like one.As a student this book is very fun and light. I like how Olivia is so innocent and has no idea what it takes to make a band, but tries anyways. The illustrations add so much to the book.As a teacher this book is great to use with little or struggling readers. It has the comedy to keep you interested and the language and grammar to help them learn to read. Get book.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this Olivia book, and so does my daughter. It's interesting with good pictures, and my daughter enjoys the idea of sounding like more than one person. The author definitely knows family dynamics (for instance, all of the kids going to the bathroom as soon as they get there), and he's good at writing it in an amusing way.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite Olivia book so far. Olivia says the best things in this book and has the cutest snarliest responses. I would not use this book as a lesson, but I would definitely read this book for fun to my children, just to bring the mood up, especially, when Olivia's mother "meets" her "band."
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Olivia book. This time Olivia is determined to form a one-man band for the 4th of July. Olivia is less all over the map in this book and it's less new and fun which might be why I like it a lot less than the first one. But it's still cute and kids who liked the first one will still probably like it. I see it possibly in the classroom as just another picture book to have around. Maybe it could connect to a unit about music.
kpalmer07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia the pig is the main character of this book. The book begins by Olivia wanting to create her own band because she believes that a firework show needs music. She puts together her own instrument that she can play on her own. She eventually gets bored with it and decides to put on make-up when she leaves for fireworks. Her mom gets mad. They then go and watch the fireworks and they come back home and when they do she doesn't put her toys away like she was supposed to and instead heads straight to bed.Media: Charcoal and gouache on paper
jodyjlittle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Spunky little Oliva the pig insists that you can't watch fireworks without a band. When her family does not want to be part of the band, Olivia becomes a band of one, collecting instruments from all over the house. However, on the day of the fireworks, Olivia changes her mind and decides not to play. Her band instruments stay in her room, where, of course, she forgets to put them away.
Eclouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia and her family are going to watch fireworks on the 4th of July. She decides she needs to form a band to play during the fireworks. After a whole day of practicing she doesn't bring her band to watch the fireworks. I love this book for students because this series is so funny and makes you feel good while you read it. This would be good for a unit containing American Independence or anything to do with 4th of July, or can be put with a fun music lesson or project.
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia is an outspoken rambunctious pig. When her mother tells her that they are going to watch some fireworks Olivia decides that their needs to be a band at the show. So all by herself she became a one pig band. But that idea was forgotten by the time they were leaving and her band was left on the floor for her mother to trip over.
storygrowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia the pig is back at it again--preparing her band for the Fourth of July fireworks show on the beach. Ian Falconer is a genius at creating the doings and desires of a stubborn and strong-willed little girl in Olivia. Fantastic illustrations and photo-collage portray the energy and independence of this amazing pig!
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Olivia's family is planning to view fireworks one evening. She is convinced that there should be a band for the fireworks, so she creates a band all by herself.
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