Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

We are great fans of Ian Falconer’s childrens’ books featuring the fiercely intelligent and rather strong-willed Olivia, a small pig who seems to be striving to live a life less ordinary. She is an Eloise for the modern age.
In Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, Olivia is fed up with all the pink fairy princesses she is surrounded by at school and parties and ballet classes. Olivia is aiming for something more sophisticated.
Her mother points out she used to insist on being a pink fairy princess, but Olivia says “That was when I was little” and remarks that there are other options, different princesses, not pink and sparkly ones. Determined, as ever, to stand out (the reason Olivia is fed up with fairy princesses is that when everyone wears the wings, Olivia is not any more special than them. Quelle horreur!) Olivia’s quest for identity and individuality leads her into deep metaphysical territory and at least one warthog costume.
Resolved in typically swashbuckling and very Olivia-ish style, this is a great present for any long-suffering owners of sparkly pink fairy princesses.
Falconer knows of what he writes: When not telling Olivia’s story Falconer designs sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House in London, all of which must have some of the most sparkly of fairy princesses imaginable!


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