My Happy Life

From the Series My Happy Life

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.

Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She’s happy because she’s going to start school. Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better—she meets Ella. After that, Dani and Ella do everything together. They stick together through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. But then something happens that Dani isn’t prepared for . . .

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-87757-935-6
$16.95 $12.71
978-1-87757-937-0
$25.49 $19.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2013
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2013-01-01
BISACS JUV045000, JUV039050, JUV000000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.25
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 164955
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014
  • New York Times Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2013
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2013

Reviews

Booklist

“This simply written chapter book tenderly portrays the happiness of a child whose life is in balance, as well as the colossal, unremitting, inconsolable sorrow of one who is suffering loss. . . . The clarity and simplicity of the writing are balanced by the verve and finesse of Eriksson’s captivating illustrations. . . . A quietly compelling book for young readers.”—starred, Booklist

The New York Times Book Review

“For young middle grade readers, a new chapter book, ‘My Happy Life,’ takes up the subject of resilience in such a natural and powerful way, children won’t remotely feel like they’re reading a manual….If only all early chapter books were this beautifully conceived.” —The New York Times Book Review

School Library Journal

“The illustrations complement the narrative well, and will enable younger readers to feel a sense of accomplishment for tackling a lengthy chapter book….The difficult subjects are handled gracefully, allowing children to realize that happiness comes and goes, and that everyone has hardships to face.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet read for both children and their parents, who may be grateful at the reminder of emotional complexity lurking behind their children’s smiles.” —Kirkus Reviews


Publishers Weekly

“To understand the true meaning and value of resilience, look no further than the 20 brief chapters of this early reader…beautifully translated into spare, lyrical prose….As Eriksson’s emotionally astute and often endearingly funny pencil drawings show, Dani does indeed have much to be happy about.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson

Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. Her awards include the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the August Award and she is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Author: Rose Lagercrantz

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.

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My Happy Life

This acclaimed series of illustrated chapter books follows Dani as she starts school and meets Ella, who becomes her best friend in the world. At school and at home, Dani overcomes life’s ups and downs with optimism and understanding. Full of fun and happiness, these warm-hearted… View available downloads →