Monday, 31 August 2015

When I am Happiest by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson (Children's, 7 years +, 10E/10E)

1st  August 2015, Gecko Press, 128 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: emotions, illness, tissues needed

Summary from Gecko Press
It’s the second-to-last day of school and Dani’s so happy she could write a book about it! In fact, that’s exactly what she’s done, although it’s not quite finished yet. Now the book is in her backpack with all the other things she has to take home before the summer break. But then Dani gets some bad news. How will she ever be happy again? Sometimes a good friend is all you need to make your heart start laughing.
Nayu's thoughts     
From the title I knew this book was about emotions, but I was a bit taken aback at how emotional I found it. My heart broke at just how hard Dani found her dad being ill. The expressive illustrations raised the already high quality story that bit higher, making me teary-eyed for over half the book. I think it is good for readers who find themselves in the same situation – when worries are kept inside it can really change a person, but as Dani discovers talking and doing things helped get her through it.

Available at bookstores including NRC affiliate Foyles.

Suggested read
Definitely check out a book about a parent being ill for older readers, Nest by Esther Ehrlich (Young Adult, 10/10E)

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