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School Library Journal - 09/01/2010 PreS-Gr 3—Olivia tops her past ventures and escapades when she convinces her family to spend spring vacation in Venice. They wander over many bridges, are enchanted by the beautiful palazzos on the Grand Canal, and feed the pigeons. The pigs consume numerous gelatos and almost sink a gondola from the extra weight they've put on. Of course, Olivia wants to remember her lovely vacation, so she brings home something unique from the city. Her choice is so Olivia, and the Venetians will never forget her for it either. Charcoal and gouache illustrations and photos of the city are digitally enhanced and provide a similar feel to Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's USA (Abrams, 2008 ). Fans of this series will no doubt find this title humorous and enjoy the piglet's newest adventure.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2010 In her sixth adventure, Olivia is off to Venice, where she partakes of the city’s charms, including gondola rides, walking tours, gelato, and more gelato. The charcoal-and-gouache drawings of Olivia and family are set against magnificently Photoshopped background shots of Venice, sometimes digitally altered to humorous effect. Although this seems more sophisticated than other Olivia tales (perhaps because of the setting), fans will enjoy seeing their favorite bossy piggy, this time at leisure. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.