First Edition of Olivia Helps with Christmas; Signed by Ian Falconer
Olivia Helps With Christmas.
Item Number: 95894
New York: Atheneum Books, 2006.
First edition of the ninth book in the Olivia series. Quarto, original pictorial paper boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page, “From OLIVIA! and Ian Falconer.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ann Bobco.
"I was just entranced by her," Ian Falconer remarked about his amusing niece, Olivia. "I wanted to make a little present for her, so I started working on the Olivia book." Falconer was inspired by his niece to begin the series, but, interestingly, he drew specific inspiration for his character from another child he encountered, incidentally also bearing the name Olivia. "Although it hardly seems possible, Falconer's visual and verbal talents continue to grow. And so will Olivia's devotees" (Publishers Weekly).