Life According to Dani

From the Series My Happy Life

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

A standalone follow-up to the acclaimed and beloved chapter books that began with NY Times Notable Book My Happy Life.

It’s Dani’s first summer vacation—and the best ever! She is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. Dad is still in hospital but he calls every day, and Ella and Dani stay busy building huts, fishing, exploring, and swimming.

Then Dad turns up, but with his nurse! This is not the visit anyone had imagined.

This warm, funny story allows space for strong emotions as Dani comes to terms with her father’s new girlfriend, but does so with a light touch.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 108
Publication Date 2016-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV068000, JUV013020, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.25
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 182222
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

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.

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.

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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 →


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2017
  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2017
  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, Winner, 2016



“Few books capture the strength and subtlety of children’s emotions as honestly as those in the Dani series. . . . [T]his beginning chapter book is an inviting choice for group sharing or independent reading.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Lagercrantz’s superb writing in Marshall’s translation is touching and amusing without being saccharine. . . . Eriksson’s black-and-white illustrations add important emotional resonance. . . . Another sterling early chapter book by this duo.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews