Someone was super-duper excited when the Scholastic order came into the preschool this week.
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses!!!
And that someone was the dorky grown-up who has been collecting Olivia books and toys since 2000... you know, five years before she had kids of her own.
The jack-in-the-box was a Christmas present from the hubby's best friend in Arizona. It was Big Sis's first Christmas, but the jack-in-the-box wasn't for her.
The girls have taken over Mommy's toys, of course. The Madame Alexander Olivia doll is missing her tights, collar, and purse. The china tea set is missing some lids. (This picture is just a sample of that little tea set, though. I still have most of it.) The hubby once heard me cry, "You ripped my book!" at a too-young-to-know-better Big Sis. I used to have cardboard standees and stuff from the bookstore - any time an Olivia display was coming down, they'd call me first. Alas, the only thing worse than kids when you have stuff? CATS.
Oh, wait... Would you like to see the new book?
Well, there is a fabulous graphic excerpt on Simon & Schuster's website. And for more information about the book, you can read this wonderful Q & A with Olivia's creator, Ian Falconer, on Publisher's Weekly.
Here's a bit more for you:
|Page One. "Mommy, what does 'depressed' mean?"|
|My new favorite Olivia illustration. After we read the book, I showed this video to the girls. I also showed them a bit from Appalachian Spring, which they'd seen before, but had forgotten about.|
|I love seeing what poster is in Olivia's room from book to book. While the Eleanor Roosevelt is still my favorite, Martha Graham is awesome, too.|
|The back cover. Olivia has had enough.|
For those who are familiar with the Ian Falconer books, I would rank this one with the best. I admit to being disappointed by the last book, Olivia Goes to Venice. I loved the fact that she ate gelato on almost every page - when I went to Europe in high school, I overdid it on gelato, too - but it just wasn't as good as the previous five books.
By the way, while it is pretty obvious I'm a stickler for the original Ian Falconer books, my girls - especially Little Sis - do like the Nick Jr. TV show. We have a few paperbacks, DVDs, and toys. Some Little Sis got for her 3rd birthday - her Fancy Nancy-themed party. Others she got for her 4th birthday last year - an Olivia party.
|An Olivia 4th Birthday Party|
|You can never have enough Olivia in your life.|
(Special thanks to Big Sis who played photographer for me. She even helped me set up the shots - through eye rolls and giggles.)