EARLY CHAPTER BOOK: The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi


Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs passed Diva's courtyard one day, their lives were forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.


This book reminds me once again just what I love so much about Mo Willems' books.  And combining him with Tony DiTerlizzi is a genius idea.  I fell in love with Diva and Flea immediately.  Sweet, shy Diva lives in an apartment complex where she spends each day in the courtyard watching life pass her by.  Flea, on the other hand is a flaneur, or someone who wanders just looking at the world around them, a streetwise cat.  When Diva and Flea meet they have much to teach each other both about friendship and about enjoying the world around them.  Willems and DiTerlizzi have perfectly captured the beauty in friendship, the joys and frustrations, and how much easier it is to step out of one's comfort zone when one is not alone.  A beautiful story perfect for sharing at school or at home with gorgeous illustrations.  I especially enjoyed the double spreads that are included at key moments, driving home the sweet parts of the story.  I highly recommend this winning story for all libraries and homes, this is a must have.


  1. This was completely adorable, PLUS it had a great message. May have to buy a copy for myself!


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