Vivian Walsh (author)

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Vivian Walsh is a children's book author.[1] Her best selling book Olive, the Other Reindeer is based on her real life Jack Russell Terrier. The dog, Olive, was later portrayed (with the voice of Drew Barrymore) in the animated version of the picture book. The TV special was produced by Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons.


Ms. Walsh states that when she lived in New York City, her picture book heroes, like the people around her, were all workaholics. The Mr. Lunch series begins with this line, "Mr. Lunch was very good at chasing birds, in fact he was a professional." Mr. Lunch is a hard working dog who runs a bird-chasing office. Monkey Business is about the first monkey in space. This picture book catches-up with the monkey when he is a middle-aged industrial mogul.

When Vivian Walsh moved to San Francisco her books took on the theme of a diverse community; of everyone getting along despite their differences. In the book Gluey a bunny and a snail (the fastest and slowest animals in the meadow) become housemates.

Walsh has collaborated with the illustrator J. Otto Seibold. The two have teamed up on books such as Penguin Dreams, which was named a New York Times "Best Illustrated Book". Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride won a Cuffie Award from Publisher's Weekly; Mr. Lunch won for most memorable character in a lead role. Olive, the Other Reindeer was a New York Times Bestseller and the movie version was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Books by Vivian Walsh[edit]

  • Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride (1993), Viking Penguin
  • Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe (1994), Viking Penguin
  • Monkey Business (1995), Viking Penguin
  • Free Lunch (1996), Viking Penguin
  • Going to the Getty (1997), Getty Books
  • Olive, The Other Reindeer (1997), Chronicle Books
  • Penguin Dreams (1999), Chronicle Books
  • Gluey (2002), Harcourt Children's Books
  • Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly (2003), Joanna Cotler
  • Olive, My Love (2004), Harcourt Children's Books
  • June and August (2009), Abrams


     Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Television Production (screen play by Steve Young)
     Annie Award for Voice Acting by Dan Castellaneta
     Nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program


  1. ^ "Walsh, Vivian". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 

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