Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Charming Early Chapter Book

Bonjour!  Today I have a book that is the result of Mo Willems' recent sabbatical in France and it is a lovely addition to the early chapter book category.  With more heft and sentimentality than the Elephant and Piggie books, it is the next step for kids who have graduated from early readers.  Or your family could make it a read aloud, and you too can share in the adventures of Diva and Flea!

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Title: The Story of Diva and Flea

Author: Mo Willems

Target: Grade 1-3

Series: No

What this book is about: 
Diva is a small dog that lives in an apartment in Paris.  Flea is an alley cat who identifies as a flaneur, someone who wanders the streets to see what they can see.  When they meet, Diva is terrified of venturing outside of her apartment courtyard.  Flea encourages her to try a few steps.  Flea on the other hand is terrified of the home Diva inhabits because an owner with a broom lives there.  Diva shows Flea that brooms can simply be for sweeping and not shooing cats away.  They each bring out the best in each other, despite their differences, and it is the start of a beautiful friendship.

Why I love this book
  • The illustrations by Tony Diterlizzi are absolutely charming.  They elevate the story and help give it a Parisienne feel.
  • The story itself is adorable.  The humor is less exaggerated than Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie series, but there are definitely some clever moments scattered throughout the book.
Who this book is for: 
This book is wonderful for kids who like animals and friendship.  It is a touching story with amusing parts, as opposed to a funny book with heartfelt moments, if that makes sense.  The emphasis is more on a sentimental story so your kids have to be open to that.  If they are they will absolutely love this book.

This book is a perfect early chapter book.  There are plenty of pictures but kids need to feel confident with full pages of text and the inclusion of some french words.

Final thoughts:
 This book is the result of Mo Willems’ sabbatical in France and if we get gems like this, I hope he leaves us more often

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Story of Diva and Flea  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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