The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony Di Terlizzi
A new book by Mo Willems is as good as a spring bouquet: a breezy light treat to share with both toddler-age (as a readaloud) or young readers ready for the next step into chapter books. I loved the characters; both are life-long Paris residents, but from very different backgrounds. Flea is a flaneur–or streetwise alley cat., while Diva, a small dog, is a bit more sheltered at his Paris home. Yet the two become friends, sharing adventures, as well as their very different worlds. The chapters are short, the story both cute and meaningful, and the illustrations add a Parisian flavor (along with the occasional French word or phrase). Simply delightful!
And a bonus: check out the NYTimes for Mo Willems: The Art of the Picture Book