When I Am Happiest by Rose LagercrantzWhen I Am Happiest by Rose Lagercrantz

When I Am Happiest

byRose LagercrantzIllustratorEva Eriksson

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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A standalone follow-up to the acclaimed and beloved chapter books My Happy Life and My Heart is Laughing.

Dani is very happy-it's the last day of school, and summer is about to start. But then there's a knock on the classroom door, and Dani is told her father has been in an accident. He's in the hospital! How can she possibly be happy now?

A warm and heartfelt story about Dani's love for her dad and her ongoing friendship with Ella. It's a story about sorrow and joy-and how life really is.

Rose Lagercrantz is a popular Swedish author of books for children as well as for adults. She has received many literary awards, including the August Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize.Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. She is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen and other international awards.
Title:When I Am HappiestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 6.13 × 0.63 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Gecko PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927271908

ISBN - 13:9781927271902

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Editorial Reviews

"Dani, the original positive thinker, has her capacity for joy sorely tested in this, the third of the Dani and Ella volumes (My Happy Life, rev. 7/13; My Heart Is Laughing, rev. 11/14). Dani has sadness in her life, but she usually elects not to think about it. However, when her father is badly injured in a bicycle accident and ends up unconscious in the hospital, the little girl faces 'something she can't not think.' The reliable comforts of her life-grandparents, nature, best friend Ella, hamsters, and writing-kick in, but not before Dani experiences a dark night of the soul. The genius of these books lies in the simple but original kid details that keep the focus firmly on the young characters. When cousin Sven hears of the accident, he asks, 'Is he very...run over?' Dani's bond with Old Jimmy's dog is that they both enjoy 'going around and sniffing things.' Adults are present but restrained. After Dani is told about the tragedy, Bee, who works in the principal's office, offers her no bromides. She just wraps her 'big cardigan' around Dani's shoulders and sits with her under the coat hooks. Nuanced line drawings add microplots: the picture of Dani getting her ears pierced (in flashback) shows her stoic and calm, while her father looks as though he's going to throw up. An affecting early chapter book with a hopeful-if not yet altogether happy-ending."-The Horn Book Magazine