Olivia the Spy

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017.

My Easter present to myself was the newest Olivia book. Yes, I bought it for me. It arrived Easter Sunday, and I love it.

That stuffed Olivia? Mine, pre-children. The figurine (in Nick Jr. TV garb) is Little Sis's. Olivia is the coolest!


Olivia's mother is complaining on the phone. She is exasperated. Olivia is up to her usual Olivia stuff, like making blueberry smoothies (hahaha!) and turning the whites pink in the washing machine.


Her mother wants to take her to the ballet as a surprise, but she's worried about her behavior.

But Olivia doesn't overhear the word "ballet." She only hears that her mother wants to take her to an "institution."

So Olivia begins to spy on her parents. What kind of institution could they mean?!





Olivia is terrified.


Obviously, she learns she has jumped to conclusions. They arrive at the theatre, where her mother asks if she needs to use the restroom before the ballet begins. If you have small children, then you can guess what happens next.



And because this is an Olivia book, you can guess what happens when Olivia goes to use the restroom. (No, I didn't take a picture. You'll have to read the book yourself!)

So Olivia learns her lesson...


... and has very Olivia dreams.




This isn't my favorite Olivia book, but it's still pretty awesome!

Pssst! There's a downloadable activity sheet over on Simon & Schuster's website.



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