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Olivia Helps with Christmas

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Olivia Helps with Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house Olivia was stirring up cheer and a bit of mischief waiting for Santa's arrival. Ian Falconer's lovable and spirited porcine heroine is back in her fifth feature, OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS, about the anticipation of Christmas Eve and the magic of Christmas Day.

From setting the dinner table to trimming the tree, from last-minute shopping to singing carols, Olivia and her family have a full day preparing for the holiday. When finally tucked into bed, Olivia cannot sleep; she is sure she hears Santa on the roof (but, alas, it is only a raccoon). Still, in the morning, Olivia and her little brothers find a pile of wonderful (skis!) and not-so-wonderful (sweaters and pajamas) gifts under the tree. They look forward to a day of playing together in the snow and a night of Nutcracker dreams. While Olivia is focused on the presents, she is also having fun just being with her family and adding her own touches to their holiday traditions.

Falconer's story and drawings are as charming as ever, and there is just as much for adults to enjoy here as there is for kids. This lovely book captures the energy, willfulness and imagination of children, as well as the weary patience of parents. OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS is a perfect holiday read, but it’s sweet and funny enough to be savored at any time of the year.

Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman on October 1, 2007

Olivia Helps with Christmas
by Ian Falconer

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2007
  • Hardcover: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1416907866
  • ISBN-13: 9781416907862