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When I Am Happiest

(Dunne #3)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A standalone follow-up to the acclaimed and beloved chapter books My Happy Life and My Heart is Laughing.

Dani is very happy—it's the last day of school, and summer is about to start. But then there's a knock on the classroom door, and Dani is told her father has been in an accident. He's in the hospital! How can she possibly be happy now?

A warm and heartfelt story about
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published 2015 by Gecko Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Anu
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenni Joru
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tokaluokkalaiset
1) Varaa nenäliinoja
2) Älä yritä lukea tiskissä

On Dunnen viimeinen päivä ekaluokkalaisena, kun kanslisti tulee luokkaan ja Dunne saa kamalimpia mahdollisia uutisia. Hänen isänsä on jäänyt työmatkalla auton alle ja on nyt sairaalassa tajuttomana.

Elämä on rankkaa. Pientenkin lasten elämä on rankkaa. Ja joskus kaikkein parasta olisi, kun asiat vain jatkuisivat niin kuin ennenkin.

Onneksi Dunne osaa olla monista pienistä asioista tosi onnellinen.
Aarne P-K
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todella, todella surullinen, mutta onnistui käsittelemään surua ja siitä seuraavia moninaisia tunteita tavalla, josta voi olla lapselle hyötyä vastaavanlaisessa tilanteessa, tai muutenkin. Kyllä, välillä ihmistä voi jopa naurattaa siitäkin huolimatta, että kauheita on tapahtunut. Suru ei täytä välittömästi koko maailmaa, välttämättä. Koiraa ulkoiluttaessa saattaa edelleen hetken olla hauskaa. Dunne on selviytyjä, rohkea ja vahva persoona tässä kirjassa. Lastenkirjallisuus kaipaa tällaisiakin kir ...more
Liisa
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haikein Dunne-kirja, mutta edelleen yhtä hurmaava. Nelososaa malttamattomana odotellen.
Limppu
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dunne on ihana, mutta kovin isoja murheita kirjoitettu pienelle tytölle. Siksi ei neljää tähteä... vähän liian liikuttava minulle. Kirjan nimi antoi odottaa ihan toisenlaista tarinaa. Ihana kuvitus. Tämän luettua tekisi mieli ottaa joku syliin ja lohduttaa.
Kirsty
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-books
This is a really cute read which would be perfect for discussing issues about sadness and friendship with your little ones
Reetta Saine
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dunne-sarja jatkuu yhtä tasokkaana. Nämä on ihan järisyttäviä tunnemyrskyisine minimalistisuuksineen.
Bookrapt
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Another illustrated chapter book for young readers in the series that features the sweet-natured Dani. She has a positive outlook on life and can usually find the ‘up’ side of most situations that would leave other kids out-of-sorts.

Dani lives with her father, and the pair care for each other. Occasionally she feels different from other children in her class who have mothers. Dani can’t remember much about her mother who died when she was little, although she has the loving support o
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Linnea
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hcf, högläsning
Även denna en pärla. Men som jag grinade. Jag är glad att vi inte läste den på kvällen utan hade tid att stanna upp och prata om alla känslor den rör upp. Rädslan över att kanske förlora ännu en förälder och vad är en bilolycka och varför sover man efteråt var några av de stora ämnen vi pratade om. Det är skönt att de inte är så långa för med en så dramatisk händelse kände vi båda ett behov av att läsa hela boken i ett svep för att få lite avslut och hopp igen.
Bekah Boo
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dani's Dad gets hurt and has to go to the hospital. She has to stay with her Grandpa and Grandma and she misses him alot. She meets her cousin at her Grandparent's house and they get along. She sees her Dad at the hospital and he is getting better!

Dani is done with school and she finished her happy book where she puts all her happy memories! And she is going to visit her friend Ella for the summer. I can't wait to read about them together again in the next book!
Nalice
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Vihdin Kunnankirjasto
Sarjassa seurataan Dunnen seikkailuja koulussa ja ystävyyden kiemuroita. Kirjoittaja osaa taitavasti kuvata lapsen tunteita, jopa tavallisen koulupäivän aikana koetaan aikamoisia tunnemyrskyjä. Ihana kuvitus tukee tarinoita. Tässä osassa tarvitaan nessuja.
Kit Feral
I still really like these but I was somewhat surprised with the dark turn and I wish I had pre read to approach it better with my little people. But fortunately it wasn't as dark as it could have been and they took it well in the end.
Erja Tuhkanen
Selviytyjä-Dunne. Hieno kuvaus järkytyksestä ja surusta lapsen näkökulmasta. Minusta Lagercrantz-Eriksson tekijäkaksikkoa voi jo hyvin verrata Lindgren-Wikland tekijäpariin, niin taitavasti molemmat käsittelevät vaikeita asioita. Kuvitus ja teksti kulkevat rintarinnan.
Marjo
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tää nyt vaan meni iltasatuna kokonaan. Surullinen, liikuttava, ihana. Kyllä se naurattikin. Onnentyttö. Niinkö?
Asia-Ginny
auf deutsch: Du mein ein und alles
Sarah
This was shockingly sad. Dani's father goes into the ICU at the end of the school year. Dani worries over him while staying with her grandparents.
Juliana Lee
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Christine Heron
As promised, my first title of the year is a Junior Fiction! I picked up this short novel knowing I could read it on my lunch break. I judged it completely on it's cover and size! I've been lamenting to anyone who will listen that I'm tired of youth literature where the parent(s) are dead or die. Well, it smacked me right in the face. This expressively written book is about Dani, a kindergarten student looking forward to her last day of school. Her mother is dead, she lives with her father and h ...more
Tami Holihan
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was extremely odd to me. I'm wondering how others felt? I found it very strange how blunt everyone was in talking about how Dani's father had been RUN OVER. I also thought it wasn't quite right that Dani seemed to get over all of it so thoroughly at the end of the book when she's getting excited to go to Ella's island for the summer. At first she is concerned about leaving her father, but then it seems her concern flies right out the window. The book ended abruptly, and without closure ...more
Heidi
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lagercrantz has written another cute book about the joys and sorrows of a young girl. As school ends for the year, Dani is focused on finishing the book about the year that she has been writing, but she's having trouble coming up with a good ending. Just as she looks to finish, she finds out her father has been badly injured in an accident and the book becomes secondary. One thing that the author and illustrator do well is how real the feelings of this little girl are, along with the ups and dow ...more
Barbara
Dani is excited that the end of school has arrived. As she says goodbye to her teacher and classmates on the second-to-last day of school, she decides to finish writing a book about how happy she is. But the usually upbeat youngster is devastated to learn that her father has been in an accident and is now in the hospital. Even though others try to comfort her, she can't stop crying and worrying about her father. A visit to the hospital reassures her, but really, what helps restore her happiness ...more
Nayuleska
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the title I knew this book was about emotions, but I was a bit taken aback at how emotional I found it. My heart broke at just how hard Dani found her dad being ill. The expressive illustrations raised the already high quality story that bit higher, making me teary-eyed for over half the book. I think it is good for readers who find themselves in the same situation – when worries are kept inside it can really change a person, but as Dani discovers talking and doing things helped get her th ...more
Jamie A. Swenson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Dunne series. While they all have the same theme this one came off as a little darker. Dunne tries to stay positive but something happens that makes her unhappy, and in the end her best friend cheers her up. This time around there was an accident in the family, which made her even sadder than when Ella Frida moved away. Like the other books this is both funny and emotional. Easy to read and great illustrations. I still think I like the second book the best, but I wish I cou ...more
Ashley
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I did not find this third volume in the series as enchanting as Dani's previous jaunts. The action felt pushed and unnatural - and as an adult some of the responses seemed rather far fetched. I'm all for a happy ending but adding in climactic drama and settling it as it was isn't realistic and could easily skew children's perspectives if they ever face such situations in their own lives.
Sue
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 under Books for Newly Independent Readers. Two books were in this category this year and both were from Swedish authors....hmmmm. Certainly an easy chapter book, but a complicated subject matter. Dani is finishing up first grade. She admits not remembering much of her mother who has died. Then the unthinkable happens, her dad is in a terrible accident. So much is unknown, about her present and her future. Realistic, yes. Sweet Spot: Grades 1-3
Brenda
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the series about Dani, a little girl who is always on the lookout for happiness. But that doesn't mean that everything that happens to her is necessarily happy. These books are a delight -- the art, the charming storytelling, the support of family, the necessity of friends, the place pets have....it is all there. I just loved it.
Robin
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good choice for precocious readers- chapter book w/ main character who is in Kindergarten. Heavy topic (dad hit by car and in coma), but handled sensitively and age-appropriately. One page of mild Christian content- story and illustration of Moses in basket. Recommended for ages 5-7.
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Rose Lagercrantz is a popular Swedish author of books for children as well as for adults. Her first book was published in 1973. She has received many of the top Swedish literary awards, including the August Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize.

Other books in the series

Dunne (6 books)
  • My Happy Life
  • My Heart Is Laughing
  • Livet enligt Dunne (Dunne #4)
  • See You When I See You  (My Happy Life, #5)
  • Lycklig den som Dunne får (Dunne #6)