Book review: The story of Diva and Flea; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

The story of Diva and Flea book coverAs told and shown by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
Beginning chapter book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 4.3
5 out of 5 stars

This is an absolutely delightful beginning chapter book that will introduce young readers to a Parisian slice of life. Set in Paris, France, Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi tell and show the story of a timid dog named Diva and her unlikely friend, a streetwise cat named Flea. The story of their friendship also tackles the theme of bravery, and how being brave means different things depending on your experiences in life.

For kids who grew up on Pigeon, Elephant & Piggy, and Knuffle Bunny, they will be ecstatic to read this chapter book by Mo Willems. It’s longer length forms a nice bridge for fledgling independent readers to transition to chapter books. DiTerlizzi’s illustrations have a wonderful Parisian feel, and he has hidden Pigeon and Piggie, as well as Mo himself, throughout the book. I couldn’t find Gerald, but I suppose it is difficult to hide an elephant in Paris!

Because the independent reading level is around 4th grade, which is higher than the interest level for the book, I would also recommend this as a wonderful selection for a read-aloud.

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