05 October 2015

Review and Giveaway: Diva and Flea by Mo Willems with Tony DiTerlizzi

Diva and Flea by Mo Williams with Tony DiTerlizziAre you a homebody or a wanderer? No matter which lifestyle more closely resembles your own, you and your young readers will love visiting Paris through the charming story Diva and Flea by Mo Willems with its beautiful illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Little Diva has always been queen of her front garden, watching the world go by outside her fence and always, always running away from The Feet, which seem to come in pairs. Big, scrappy Flea is a Paris flâneur, who wanders the city just to see what he can see, always, always avoiding The Broom, which seems to live inside buildings. This is the story of what happens when Flea meets Diva.

I loved this sweet story of two unlikely friends who have something to teach each other about ways to see the world and ways to be brave. No matter how different you may seem from others and no matter whether you're little or big, a traveler or settled you--like Diva and Flea--can find common ground and mutual respect.

Willems (or his wife; see the video) was very smart to have thought of DiTerlizzi to help bring the characters and the city of Paris alive on the page. One look at the artwork makes it clear that DiTerlizzi truly understands Diva and Flea; he has perfectly captured their personalities in his illustrations.

Share Mo Willems's Diva and Flea with a youngster or read it yourself. Then make space on your shelves for this beautifully illustrated book; it's destined to be a children's classic.

For more on the story and the collaboration between Willems and DiTerlizzi (and to see some of the illustrations) take a look at this short video.

The Giveaway: Thanks to Disney Publishing, I'm able to offer one of readers, young or old, his or her very own copy of Diva and Flea. And to encourage your youngster's wandering spirit (perhaps she too can be a Paris flâneur), the publishing company is including a child's rolling suitcase to start her on her way. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is to have U.S. mailing address and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on October 15. Once the winner has been confirmed and the mailing address sent along to the publisher, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!

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Julie P. 10/5/15, 7:05 AM  

What a fantastic giveaway! I love Mo Willems' books!

Molly Totoro 10/5/15, 7:31 AM  

As you know, I'm constantly on the lookout for books centered around Paris. Looks like Diva and Flea will be added to the list :)

Lisa Brown 10/5/15, 7:33 AM  

Thank you for the chance :)

rhapsodyinbooks 10/5/15, 9:22 AM  

I love Mo Willems too. He has so many great message books!

bermudaonion 10/5/15, 9:24 AM  

The book looks adorable. Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

jama 10/5/15, 11:29 AM  

Enjoyed the video and learning more about this book. The art looks gorgeous. I did want to steal a croissant from the table in the video, though . . . :)

Thanks for the review and giveaway!

(Diane) bookchickdi 10/5/15, 2:51 PM  

This looks like such a cute book.

Daryl 10/7/15, 9:47 AM  

adorable ... a new look at Lady & The Tramp

blacknwritereviews 3/7/16, 7:42 PM  

I absolutely love this story. It's adorable, and how can you not love the relationship between a dog and a cat that doesn't result in them wanting to constantly be at each others throats :)
- Krys

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