Ian Falconer is the author and illustrator of the Olivia book series. The character of Olivia---a precocious little pig who loves fashion, ballet, opera, and getting her own way---is based on Falconer's real-life niece. Falconer's illustrations have graced numerous covers of The New Yorker magazine. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and the Royal Opera House, among others. He lives in New York.