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The Story of Diva and Flea

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,543 ratings  ·  694 reviews
Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs passed Diva's courtyard one day, their li
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
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Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
"You showed me a wondrous and delicious new thing yesterday. I owe you a favor."

Diva was flattered. Also, she loved favors.

This is a story by Mo Willems, the author of the Pigeon books and the Elephant & Piggie series. This will automatically interest children. Children already recognize Mo Willems' name, as do parents / teachers.

This is a little different from his previous books, aimed at older children (5 and 6ish) rather than toddlers. The book is divided into chapters and we all know how th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This was such a cute little book. The cover is what got me when I was perusing the library online catalog so I read it :)

Diva is a sweet little dog that lives in a loving home and Flea is a cat that doesn't have a home. He just wanders the streets of France.

Flea meets Diva one day when he walks by Diva's courtyard, but Diva isn't too sure at first and barks at Flea.


But after a bit Diva and Flea start talking. Flea tells wonderful stories and takes Diva out
Whispering Stories
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diva, the dog, lives in a luxury apartment, in a large house in Paris, France. She lives with Eva, her owner, who is the gardienne of the apartment building, meaning that she looks after it, inside and out.

Flea, the cat, doesn’t have a fixed abode. He lives on the streets, doesn’t have an owner and is a flaneur, someone (or somecat), who wanders the streets, bridges and alleys of the city to see what there is to see.

One day Flea walks past the courtyard of the apartment building where Diva lives
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is really cute and very adorable. I had many friends talk about this book and it was a book that I really liked. I loved the relationship between Diva and Flea. They are super cute together. I would recommend this to anyone.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review based on unfinished edition. Illustrations were not final in most of the book.

And yet, it was awesome! Reminiscent of "The Aristocats", this gem of a chapter book tells and shows the benefits and beauties of both home life and freedom to explore. The balance of which brings a nice place to rest your furry head after an adventure.

Recommended for those who love AVI's "The End of the Beginning", as well as any and all fans of this dynamic duo.

With only a handful of finished illustrations in
 Li'l Owl
Lovely! Nice illustrations.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful fable for all ages. I have never been interested in Paris, but now I can see the appeal. I love the yin/yang friendship, the illustrations of the long-legged cat, and everything else, and the author's and artist's notes that make this real.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, paris
Did you know Mo Willems wrote a chapter book? Did you know it was about a cat named Flea, a flaneur on the streets of Paris, and a little dog named Diva who lived at 11 avenue Le Play, with the gardienne, who needed to learn how to be a bit more adventurous? Diva and Flea is a delightful tale about an unlikely pair of friends, from the best children's author these days. If you read this with your child, (a very sweet 7 year old curly haired monster and I read it together), don't forget to practi ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Probably a 3.5, but rounded up because of Tony DiTerlizzi's wonderful and colorful illustrations, which appear about every other page. If you love Paris and/or the Aristocats, this book is for you. Like the famous O'Malley, Flea is an alley cat and a flaneur (explorer.) Diva is a small white dog, who guards the courtyard in front of the apartment building, where her owner is the caretaker. The interaction between the two is heartwarming and they help each other be brave: one to explore and the o ...more
Intisar Khanani
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this. And yes, I stole it from my kids library stack because they'd already read it, and read it for myself. A sweet story with depth and beauty, a reflection on courage and fear and friendship. Also, it's a Mo Willems book. Now I just wish he would write more for this age group!

Note, the character types are a bit stereotypical / gender normative. Then again, the note from the author makes it clear that the characters were actual animals he met when in Paris, so perhaps that wasn't
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginning Chapter-Book Readers Who Enjoy Animal Stories
A pampered pooch named Diva and a roving street-cat named Flea become friends in this debut early chapter-book from author Mo Willems, celebrated creator of the Pigeon picture-books and the Elephant and Piggie early readers. Rather timid by nature, Diva had never wandered far from the courtyard of the building in which she lived, preferring to observe the outside world from the safety of home. Flea, by contrast, was an itinerant wanderer, a flâneur who roved the streets of Paris, always looking ...more
Vikki VanSickle
The Story of Diva and Flea reads like a dream and feels like a classic.

I love Mo Willems. His characters are exuberant and his sense of humour ranges from slapstick to dead-pan. If the Elephant and Piggie series doesn’t make kids want to read I’m not sure anything will. The latest installment in the Elephant and Piggie early reader series, I Really Like Slop, might be my favourite children’s book title of all time. Willem’s humour is ever-present in this very different story of a stray cat and a
Clare Lund
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tonight I finished listening to my husband read this book out loud to our kids (with his perfect French accent!) This is an adorable story about friends who challenge each other to step outside their comfort zones. I found out in the author’s note that this book is based on the actual apartment in Paris where Mo Willems lived, and the dog who lived there who explored the neighborhood with her best friend, a stray cat. Diva and Flea is appropriate for all ages, and is perfect for a young or devel ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BEYOND ADORABLE. I don't think I'll have an official review of this.....well, I guess I'll post a tiny something about it.....

Just to gush about THE ADORABLE STORY and the PERFECT illustrations. I LOVE Toni's work. I really do.
Mary Ann
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Diva has lived at the same building in Paris for as long as she can remember, loyally guarding the front courtyard. "She took her job very seriously," making sure that everything is safe. But she is a very small dog, and just a little nervous.

When alley-cat Flea wanders past Diva's building, flaneur-ing as he does through the streets of Paris, Flea is fascinated by the little dog. Unfortunately, Flea also finds it very funny when Diva yelps and runs away. This happens day after day, until Diva h
A new direction for Mo Willems that doesn't disappoint. An adorable animal story set in Paris with wonderful language. The illustrations are a perfect fit and add to the experience. I hope to see more adventures!
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cat/dog friendship in Paris--Yes, please! I adored it. Wonderful collaboration, Mo and Tony!
Jade Giovannini
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“You have made my day a little better, and I hope I have made your day a little better, too” ♥️
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit, 2018
I will also do a video review here at my channel:

"The Story of Diva and Flea" by Mo Willems takes place in Paris, France and follows a cat named Flea and a dog named Diva who come from very different worlds. Flea is a street cat who lives his life day by day exploring and discovering something new. Diva is a small pampered dog who is prone to being scared by the tiniest of things and has never explored beyond the gates of where she lives. One day, Diva and Fle
Mark Baker
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, picture-book
Flea is a street cat in Paris who lives by his wits all alone. Diva is a dog in a small apartment building who is afraid of everything. When their paths cross one day, they build a friendship. How might that change their lives?

This early chapter book is longer than normal for author Mo Willems, but it still holds all of his charm and bits of humor. The story is utterly charming for all ages, and the lessons about the power of friendship are great.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical pairing of author and illustrator! Paris is a city which inspires the flaneur in most of us and this charming book captures that spirit. The characters are terrific and I love that each can help the other be brave. The humor is warm and readers will smile from the first sentence on to the perfect ending. Tony Diteruzzi's illustrations appear on almost every page and besides being enchanting will help propel the story.

This is pure delight. I wish I could hear Flea's story of The
Hannah Moushabeck
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Story of Diva and Flea is the fantastically French tale of a wanderer and homebody who become friends and share the best of both their worlds. Embodying the romantic Parisian spirit, Mo Willems makes his chapter book debut. With his signature wit and added je ne se qua his text is accompanied by stunning illustrations from master artist, Tony Diterlizzi. Despite it having been Tony's first trip to Paris, he encapsulated Parisian life absolutely. A wonderful story of friendship, bravery and a ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A chapte book by the irrepressible Mo Willems with inspired illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi...a perfect combination for this friendship story set in Paris ....with charm, as you would expect some life trying on new roles, fun pronunciations and illustrations that do more than justice to the grandest city of them all.....and look for the picture of Mo, the only fully portrayed adult,,,,and deservedly so. Tres bien.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took me a few page turns to warm up to this book, as it is a huge diversion from the usual Mo Willems-tales, but it is a charming story of friendships and how we can encourage others to be brave. It is formatted as a beginning chapter book, but the vocabulary seems pretty advanced to me. DiTerlizzi's illustrations are lovely. I think it would be fun to use with older students in upper elementary and middle school as we encourage them to step outside their comfort zones.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute story, cute art, nice subtle message of learning to trust and explore. My only quibble is that it's meant for early-ish readers (1st-2nd) and plays with English words like coffee (cough-fee) and breakfast but could stand to give some pronunciation clues for the French terms. K-2nd, maybe younger kids read-aloud bib too
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grade 2-3
What do you get when you pair two great talents like Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi? You get The Story of Diva and Flea, a cute book nominated for the 2019 Bluestem Award in Illinois. For kids who like animals (and talking animals, at that!) this book about friendship is a sure winner.

Reviewed by Lisa Coleman, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
Maria Kramer
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A sweet little book. Reminds me of books I read as child by Esther Averill. Not much really happens, but a little dog learns to explore and a wandering cat gets a home. Beautifully illustrated.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a cute story about a cat and a dog. Who were best friends.
Miranda Paris
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-stories
Cute and totally adorbs!
May 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: picturebooks
A collaboration between these 2 sounds like something not to be missed, to me! Plus, the main characters are a cat and dog in Paris. It's 80 pages, so a short chapter book/long picture book. Probably would make for a great read-aloud, I'd imagine. Pubs Oct 15, 2015. Noticed this scrolling through my friends' adds this morning (on Cindy Dobrez's list--thanks Cindy!). Somehow I missed 4 friends adding it in February! The cute cover caught my eye this time, and then the author's name next to it was ...more
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