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Monday, April 30, 2018

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems (author) and Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)

The Story of Diva and FleaThe Story of Diva and Flea is the tale of the unlikely friendship between a pampered little dog, Diva, no bigger than a shoe, and a big, adventurous cat, Flea, who live in Paris, France.  Diva sees herself as a brave guadienne (guard) dog, but who really runs away at the first sign of danger (like feet!).  Flea describes himself as a flâneur (someone, or somecat, who wanders the streets and bridges and alleys of the city just to see what there is to see).  These two become friends, and then the adventures begin.

Flea urges Diva to face her fears and venture out onto the streets of Paris to see all there is to see, including The Eiffel Tower, which he describes as "the giant tower that can cut a cloud in half."  Diva reluctantly agrees to go, and after a few scary moments, becomes fascinated with the big world outside her home.

Diva then encourages Flea to come into her home, but being afraid of brooms and the people who use them, Flea is not so sure. Eventually, Flea comes to realize that a home can be a safe and loving place.

This was a wonderful little book.  Fans of Mo Willems will be delighted to read this chapter book, and the beautiful illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi will make the reader think he is right there wandering the streets of Paris.

Perfect for readers from age 4 (as a read aloud) to about 7 as a first independent chapter book, The Story of Diva and Flea is sure to delight.  The themes of friendship, adventure, getting to know someone new, facing fears, home and freedom are all addressed in this beautifully written, charming story.

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