Spying v Eavesdropping, a subtle difference…

Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer.

Due to my daughter’s absolute love of the first book in the series Olivia (read my review here), we recently borrowed Olivia the Spy.

This book in the series is as great as the first.

While Olivia does appear to have grown up a bit in this book, her character is just as endearing as before. As a parent of an inquisitive and cheeky pre-schooler, I can relate to the mother’s exasperation to “No mummy, I know how to…..[insert daily assisted activity here]” and it all going a bit pear shaped.

Olivia is a bright child with a vocabulary that would challenge some adults. While somewhat unrealistic for most children, the book does work to push an expanding vocabulary. The storyline and premise can easily be understood by preschoolers, but cleverly introduces these more difficult words (eg suspicious, insecure, etc).

The illustrations in this book were fantastic. Falconer uses the signature black, white, red drawings and also super-imposes them onto photographic images.

Another great story to add to the collection. I love this book for pretty much the same reasons as the original Olivia story, but also for the added complexity to character and storyline. This story teaches children (and adults!) about the concept of eavesdropping and how a poorly informed understanding of a situation can lead us to some crazy conclusions.

 

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