Audience Age: 7-9
Rating (1-5): 4
The story in no more than five sentences: Dani, a girl who is about to start Kindergarten, lives with just her dad and their cat since her mom passed away. She is very nervous about starting school, but becomes much happier after she befriends Ella. They do everything together including swinging, trading bookmarks, and playing with Ella’s hamster Partyboy. But in the middle of the year, Ella has to move away. Dani is incredibly distraught until a series of events shakes her from her sadness and moves her towards other, different friendships.
The best part of the book in 1 sentence: The strongest part of this book is Langercrantz’s plain writing style that perfectly expresses Dani slowly adjusting to her loss. The pen and ink illustrations by Eva Eriksson also warrant mentioning.
The worst part of the book in 1 sentence: I honestly cannot think of anything outrageously bad about this book.
1 interesting note about the author: Lagercrantz and Eriksson are both Swedish and have been writing children’s books together for a long time.