By Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Matt Phelan
112 pages – ages 8+
Published by Dial on June 21, 2007
Diana loved her life. She lived in a house she loved surrounded by things she loved. She had a great mom and dad and a terrific best friend, Rose, that lived right next door. Diana was very happy.
Then she started to notice that her parents weren’t very happy. Her mom had to go stay with her Grandpa Joe. Then came the news that her dad lost his job and they were all going to have to move to Grandpa Joe’s house and his house was far away from Diana’s house and her friend Rose. Even though Diana loves Grandpa Joe, she doesn’t want to move away from everything she loves.
This book is an excellent book about moving and how kids feel about it. It is also a very special book to me. I got the book at a book signing I went to and Mrs. Spinelli was there. It was right after my parents told me we were moving because my Dad’s job got moved. So I knew I was going to be the new kid. Mrs. Spinelli signed the book for me. I liked how Diana (the main character) told how she felt, and I think she is a great character. I like how the book is written from Diana’s point of view and it is in free verse (Diana wants to be a poet), like Mrs. Spinelli’s book “The Dancing Pancake” (see my review HERE). Mrs. Spinelli is a great story-teller and I think this is one of my favorite books of hers. When I saw that Matt Phelan did the illustrations for this book, I was even more excited! I am a fan of Mr. Phelan’s books like “Around the World” and “Storm in the Barn.” Mr. Phelan’s sketched illustrations added to the story and helped me picture it in my head. I recommend the book to any kid who is moving or if you are looking for a great free-verse middle grade book!
Eileen Spinelli is the award-winning author of loads of AWESOME children’s books. To learn more about Mrs. Spinelli and her books, please visit her website HERE!
Matt Phelan is an award-winning author/illustrator! Check out his website by clicking HERE!
PS Still no computer…maybe tomorrow!