Olivia the Spy – Ian Falconer


     Olivia the Spy – Ian Falconer, Atheneum/ Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, (9781481457958), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The irrepressible Olivia is back in her eighth title. Olivia overhears her mother talking about her on the phone, “‘I’m at the end of my tether.’”  She decides to become a spy to find out what else people are saying about her.  For Olivia, blending in is very difficult as she is usually the center of attention.  The illustrations of filled with hilarious shots of Olivia trying to camouflage herself, peeking though a keyhole, wearing a zebra outfit on a zebra rug and even posing as a lamp.  Of course, Olivia ends up misinterpreting a conversation and thinks she is in for a huge punishment, when she s actually getting an outing to the ballet.  Olivia fans will be quite happy to have their rambunctious friend back to her usual antics.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Olivia will not be disappointed in her new adventure.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/26/17             

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