Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Story of Diva and Flea

The Story of Diva and Flea 
Written by Mo Willems
Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Hyperion Books for Children, 2015. Intermediate. 67 p.

Diva is a rich dog who has never gone further than the courtyard of 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. Flea, an alley cat living on the streets of Paris, has never had a fixed address. However, a chance encounter leads to a blossoming friendship in which Diva hears wonderful stories of all of Flea’s adventures. After spending some time in each other’s world, the bonds of their friendship become even stronger and they find themselves enjoying a mix of both worlds.

Children’s author/illustrator dream duo, Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi, team up in this intermediate chapter book to present a story full of sweetness and charm. The text and illustrations create an unmistakable Parisian tone that adds to the charm. Both characters are likeable and have good qualities that come out as the story progresses. A good choice for a chapter book for 2nd and 3rd graders, though the occasional French word might create the need for some adult assistance. It is also a fun read-aloud.

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