Dec 9, 2011

Olivia Helps With Christmas

Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer
Illustrated by Ian Falconer
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

     Olivia is one of our favorite characters in this house. We love her spunk, attitude and more than anything, we love her awesome creativity. 
     It's the night before Christmas and Olivia can't contain her excitement.  By four o'clock she's already impatiently looking up the chimney and checking outside the window for any sign of reindeer.  She helps her mom untangle the Christmas lights-actually, she gets all tangled up in the Christmas lights.  She helps her mom set the table, sings carols with the family, and puts the cookies out for Santa.  As it happens to every kid on Christmas Eve, Olivia lays in her bed and tries to stay awake long enough to hear sleigh bells ring on her roof.  Sleep wins.  Its now Christmas Day and Olivia and her brothers rush down the stairs to open all of their gifts.  They spend the day playing with their new toys (sled, skies and maracas).  Olivia, being Olivia, gives her parents a humongous self portrait.
     Falconer's illustrations are amazing, as usual.  His charcoals and goache mixed with photographs are delightful.  The couple of double page spread-outs offer surprises and laughs.  We never get tiered of reading this one during the holidays.

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