My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson (Illustrations)
Age Range: 5-8 years
Hardcover: 134 pages
Publisher: Gecko Press; Reprint edition (January 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Dani is probably the happiest person she knows.
She’s happy because she’s going to start school. She’s been waiting to go to school her whole life.
Then things get even better—she meets Ella. Dani and Ella stick together
through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. They do everything
But then things start to happen that Dani isn’t prepared for…
I sat down with my six-year-old boy the other night, intending to read
him a few chapters of this book before bed. I ended up reading all 134
pages in one sitting… We both connected with this story. After I
turned out the light, he called me back and said “Dad, if I can’t get to
sleep, I’ll count all the times I’ve been happy – like the girl in the
book.” Highly recommended.
About the Author:
Rose Lagercrantz is Swedish. I couldn’t find a bio written in English.
About the Artist:
Eva Eriksson was born in Halmstad 1949. She is one of the best-loved
illustrators in Sweden, whose awards include the Astrid Lindgren prize
and the August award.
I think my expectations for this book were too different, and I ended up a
little disappointed. I had been hoping for a book that celebrated
happiness and finding joy in every day moments. While the story was very sweet, I felt like it didn’t
have much of a plot. It had a lot of potential, but it
could have been done better.
The artwork: this is the one area of the book that I really loved. The
illustrations adorned almost every page and were adorable. The simple,
black and white drawings were absolutely beautiful.