Mini-Review: Life Without Nico, Andrea Maturana & Francisco Javier Olea (2016)

June 3rd, 2016 7:00 am by Kelly Garbato

For anyone who’s ever had to say goodbye.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free book for review through Goodreads Giveaways.)

Nico and Maia are best friends: inseparable, even when they aren’t together. Then one day Nico’s father announces that they’re moving to Australia – temporarily – so that he can continue his studies. The days pass quickly – too quickly – and, before they know it, Nico is gone. After a period of mourning, Maia begins to open up to the world again: she adopts a kitten, makes a new friend, and learns the piano. With the blossoming of spring, Nico and his family are set to return. As excited as she is at the prospect, Maia worries, too: is there room in her new life for her old friend?

With charming and whimsical illustrations by Francisco Javier Olea and a simple yet sweet narrative by Andrea Maturana that will threaten to unravel your heartstrings, Life Without Nico is a picture book for children of all ages; for anyone who’s ever had to say an unwanted “goodbye.” It’s a lovely and lyrical rumination on love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship.

Ages 4-7 years.

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