Are you a Diva or a Flea? I am a Flea. Why? Because Flea is a flâneur.
What, you might ask, is a flâneur? According to the book “The Story of Diva and Flea”, “ A flâneur is someone (or somecat) who wanders the streets and bridges and alleys of the city just to see what there is to see. A great flâneur has seen everything, but still looks for more, because there is always more to discover.”
Sounds about right. And as author Mo Willems points out in the video below, being a flâneur is not unlike being an author or illustrator: you never know where your road is going to take you.
However, even flâneurs have their fears. And Flea fears the inside world, most particularly brooms. Enter Diva. Diva is about to change Flea’s world and help him overcome his fears. However, Diva has fears of her own. Her fears are of the outside world, especially feet. And Flea is able to help Diva overcome her fears.
This book is recommended for ages 6-8. My 8-year-old loved it, especially because the characters helped each other overcome their fears.
Watch the video about how Mo Willems found the story, the collaboration between author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, and how the illustrator added his own touch:
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And if you have read this book, let me know if you are a Diva or a Flea.
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