My Happy Life

Rose Lagercrantz

My Happy Life
Gecko Press
New Zealand
1 January 2013

My Happy Life

Rose Lagercrantz

Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She’s happy because she’s going to start school. She’s been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better - she meets Ella.

After that, Dani and Ella Frida stick together through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. They do everything together.

But then things start to happen that Dani isn’t prepared for…


My Happy Life is a gorgeous little book and the perfect next step for children ready to move on from the first readers at school.

Originally published in Swedish before being translated into English, this irresistible chapter book explores Dani’s first year of school, with all its challenges and experiences. Children will easily identify with the anxiety of the unknown, the joy of a first real friendship (and its inevitable conundrums) and the delight in sharing. Even loss and sadness in Dani’s world are worked through in a positive way.

Young readers will revel in the lovely line illustrations on every page, and Dani will without a doubt charm children and adults alike. Highly recommended for ages 5 and up.

Athina Clarke

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