Dear Diary

Dear Diary

by Sara Fanelli
     
 

There's nothing unusual about Lucy's diary. In it, she dutifully records what she brought to school that day (a ladybug), what she didn't bring (her dog, Bubu), and what happened when the teacher left the room (a chair got knocked over). But as it turns out, Bubu, the dog, is keeping a diary too...and so are the chair and the ladybug! An oddball assortment of diarists…  See more details below

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There's nothing unusual about Lucy's diary. In it, she dutifully records what she brought to school that day (a ladybug), what she didn't bring (her dog, Bubu), and what happened when the teacher left the room (a chair got knocked over). But as it turns out, Bubu, the dog, is keeping a diary too...and so are the chair and the ladybug! An oddball assortment of diarists tell all -- in a picture book packed with quirky collage elements and artsy attitude.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
At first it seems like a young girl's diary, cloth spine, sketched and scribbledon endpapers, serious or notsoserious quotations. And the title of the first section is "Lucy's Diary," a fivepage, cursivewritten account of her day at school and at home, complete with sketches and added notes. But then, the other characters from her tale write their own day's diary—the chair in her classroom, the spider, ladybug, and firefly, a knife and fork from dinner, and Bubu, her dog, with a P.S. from Lucy to end the day and the book. The pieces fit together neatly and humorously, with varying points of view. The assorted collage, scraps of photographs, scratchy drawings and bits of text done in a variety of handwritings add considerably to the frantic fun of this faux diary. One browses the collection of impressively improvised imaginings, laughing all the way. 2000, Candlewick Press, Ages 8 to 12, $14.99. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Frenetic artwork fills the pages of this quirky import. Collages and child-like squiggles in bright color cover every page of this madcap adventure about girl, a dog, a spider, a ladybug, and even a fork and knife. In diary fashion, each records the events of the day in a cause and effect fashion. Bizarre and surreal are words that first come to mind upon reflection. This is a case of art surpassing text, and the book may only appeal to those who enjoyed Fanelli's Wolf (1997) or those who like the unusual. 2000, Candlewick, Ages 8 to 10, $14.99. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This hand-lettered book is a busy collection of unconventional diary entries from a girl, a chair, a spider, a firefly, a knife and fork, a dog, and a ladybug. In the opening entry, Lucy recalls her day at school, an afternoon walk in the park with her dog, and her parents' dinner party. Subsequent accounts from the various creatures and inanimate objects that she writes about give their points of view on the day's events. While the entries are imaginative and the collage illustrations eye-catching, the stories are too disjointed to present a meaningful whole. Lucy's postscript, which explains that she attended another party where all the guests were insects, does not sufficiently tie her everyday world to the book's fanciful six-legged creatures. Each entry is written on a different type of paper cluttered with quirky art. In addition, numerous relevant quotes, including one from 1838 by Charles Greville regarding the educational value of diary writing, introduce the accounts. Marissa Moss's Amelia's Notebook (Tricycle, 1995) and its sequels do a better job of demonstrating the joys of journal writing.-Jackie Hechtkopf, Rose Ruth Freudberg Memorial Library, Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763609658
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.17(w) x 10.57(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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