An extraordinary fictional diary by a great picture book artist. There are seven different diaries in Dear Diary, each telling the events of one busy day from a different point of view. The first is straightforward enough; it is the account of a young girl called Lucy. She tells of her day at school, taking her dog Bubu for a walk in the park and her parents' party in the evening. The second diary is a little more curious - it is the journal of a chair overturned in the classroom. Next is Spider's Diary, followed by Firefly's Diary, Knife and Fork's Diary, Bubu's Diary and Ladybird's Diary. The book ends with a PS from Lucy. It was "a good day," she concludes - and this book will surely receive a similar accolade from readers - young and old.
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Sara Fanelli is one of the world's most distinctive picture book creators. Born and raised in Florence, she now lives in London, but often travels between the two cities. You can see her in this book on the aeroplane in Miss Firefly's diary. She loves cakes and chocolate, her dog Bubu, maps and the moon. Among Sara's book titles are Wolf and Dreamtime.From Publishers Weekly:
Starting with the busy scribbles and notes that cover the graph paper inside this paper-over-board book's cover, Fanelli plunges readers into an enchanting community of committed diarists, as each describes the activities of the same day from his/her perspective. The diary entries from Lucy, Chair, Spider, Firefly, Knife and Fork, Bubu (the dog) and Ladybug appear on various kinds of paper (notebook, graph, ledger), all easily accessible, and all--in the context of this book--seem to invite doodling and other creative expression. The cover page of each diary contains a quote (the only typeset text in the book): for Lucy, "There was a little girl who had a little curl," and "You are all fair, my love; there is no spot in you" for Ladybug. The handwriting reflects the personality of each character. Knife, while discussing a dinner party, uses elegant formal script: "But we had a scare when Mrs. Fork was accidentally dropped. To my relief, Bubu came to her rescue. Unfortunately Mrs. Fork felt the disgrace frightfully." Forthright Bubu, on the other hand, describes the same event in uneven block letters: "At dinner everyone patted me and gave me cake. All I did was pick up Mrs. Fork from the ground and put her on the table." Fanelli's hand-lettered text combined with her intricate collages and freewheeling drawings create an intricate and humorous environment for the eccentric cast of characters. This volume is sure to inspire both secret and self-proclaimed diarists. Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110744582636