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Title:
My heart is laughing
Author:
Lagercrantz, Rose, 1947-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Mitt hjärta hoppar och skrattar. English
Edition:
English language edition.
Publication Information:
Wellington, New Zealand : Gecko Press, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
119 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani's class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy events ... It would all be okay if only Ella would move back. The standalone sequel to the acclaimed illustrated chapter book, My Happy Life.
General Note:
Translation of : Mitt hjärta hoppar och skrattar. First published in Swedish in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden, by Bonnier Carlsen
Language:
English
Reading Level:
490 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781877579516

9781877579523
Format :
Book

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Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani's class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy eventsa It would all be okay if only Ella would move back.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Hurt feelings and jealousy on the playground lead two of Dani's classmates to pinch her arms repeatedly at the lunch table. When quiet Dani retaliates by squirting her tormentors with a squeeze bottle of sauce, she misses her second target, splattering the teacher instead. Upset, Dani runs home, where her father finds her locked in her room and inconsolable. When they both calm down, he discovers the bruises on her arms and, back at school, shows them to the teacher, who sets things straight. Translated from the Swedish and beautifully illustrated with Eriksson's expressive, crosshatched ink drawings, the story portrays hard truths about children's lives, while offering a satisfying narrative in which bullies are recognized for what they are and the main character finds the grace to forgive them. Like My Happy Life (2013), the previous book about Dani, this simple narrative may have been written and illustrated in Sweden, but its emotionally resonant story is universal. When Dani is upset, Lagercrantz portrays her state of mind in simple words and precise imagery: Thoughts flew around her head like startled birds, not knowing where to land. Keep this volume in mind as an accessible chapter book for younger children and a riveting read-aloud choice for the classroom.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This charming follow up to My Happy Life (Gecko, 2013) brings back eternal optimist Dani as she navigates through the ups and downs of daily life. Wanting to escape any sorrowful happenings in her world, Dani chooses to view her life through somewhat rose-colored glasses. When reality unravels her sunny disposition in the form of bullying, Dani longs to be with her best friend, Ella, who moved away in the first installment of the series. Dani's close relationship with her father grows as he helps her navigate tricky relationships at school and at home. Eriksson's plentiful black-and-white line drawings expressively show joy and distress and perfectly complement the story. Lagercrantz has the ability to develop her characters fully, while keeping the story approachable for young readers just wanting to tackle chapter books. Genuine feelings such as humor, honesty, and heartbreak will leave readers yearning for Dani to return once again.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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