A surprisingly small book with a big heart. Taking place in Greece, Mikis receives a donkey from his grandparents. I love the relationships in this book- family, friends, classmates, and even with the teacher. I even enjoyed the bond between boy and his animal best friend. While this isn’t getting lots of buzz and will probably remain a quiet story, seek it out.
I didn’t realize you can get so absorbed in an audio book that you totally end up walking past your house as I did with this.
I haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series but that didn’t really matter. Everything about this will hook you right in.
I was actually worried about Joey’s well-being throughout. This dealt with heavy issues- ADHD, depression, and broken families. It’s hard to make any of those subjects funny but I ended up laughing out loud on multiple occasions.
Joey Pigza is a completely memorable character and he will stay in my mind. I wish him well.
I wasn’t particularly impressed by this story-told-in-verse (another one!) but aptly so since this is about Emily Dickinson. Based on real people and real situations but fictionalized, it reminded me of the movie Finding Neverland when J.M Barrie meets a family that inspires him to write Peter Pan.
I am a big fan of Matt Phelan’s illustrations though.