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Dear Diary (edition 2001)

by Sara Fanelli

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Title:Dear Diary
Authors:Sara Fanelli (Author)
Info:Walker Childrens Paperbacks (2001), Paperback, 40 pages
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Tags:book, fiction, picturebook

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An extraordinary fictional diary by a great picture book artist. There are seven different diaries in Dear Diary, each telling the events of one busy day from a different point of view. The first is straightforward enough; it is the account of a young girl called Lucy. She tells of her day at school, taking her dog Bubu for a walk in the park and her parents' party in the evening. The second diary is a little more curious - it is the journal of a chair overturned in the classroom. Next is Spider's Diary, followed by Firefly's Diary, Knife and Fork's Diary, Bubu's Diary and Ladybird's Diary. The book ends with a PS from Lucy. It was "a good day," she concludes (review from Amazon)
Each entry is written on a different type of paper cluttered with quirky art. In addition, numerous relevant quotes, including one from 1838 by Charles Greville regarding the educational value of diary writing, introduce the accounts.

It is an outstanding book to explore authors craft. Sara Fanelli has taken the understanding of the visual literacy skills required to interpret and interact with screen based media incorporated into this wonderful book. Make sure you read this before you use it with your class! (review from Fiona - me): http://bit.ly/1X87PiM
  Scopuslrc | Mar 7, 2016 |
Can I say that I love the whole concept of this book? The book is written and illustrated as a personal diary. All the text is hand written and changes hand-writing from character to character. The thing I like about this book is instead of focusing on one character’s perspective, the author chooses to show the perspective of different characters in the same setting. She shifts from the little girl Lucy to the chair, to the spider and even the fork and knife. Each character’s diary pages is unique but they all connect to one another. I like the Fanelli’s illustration style of collage and hand writing as opposed to typed print. There is so much on each page that every time you reread a page you notice something different. My only concern about this book is most of the text is written in script. Many schools these day have an emphasis on keyboarding and script as become obsolete. I fear in the future same students will not be able to read this book. ( )
  TiffanyA | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book was very interesting. I liked how each diary entry was written in s different writing. It was s little difficult to read some of the things because they were so scattered, but that is usually how a real diary is. I would not read this book to a class because of the confusion, but I would recommend someone to read this book on their own. ( )
  krausch | Mar 26, 2015 |
This book was different, it would be something to use to teach point of view in writing but it was a little hard to follow especially with the different pictures and handwriting all over the pages. ( )
  ghimbert | Feb 8, 2013 |
This book was...odd. Everything about it was so different. The storyline consists of diary entries of quite a few characters from the story, right down to the fork and spoon used at dinnertime. It starts with an entry from a little girl named Lucy, she tells about her day at school, playing with her dog, and having dinner with her family. The other entries come from: the chair in the classroom, the spider who was spotted by the chair on the ceiling, the firefly who traveled with the spider, the fork and knife used at Lucy's dinner, Lucy's dog Bubu, the ladybug Lucy took to school that day, and then Lucy ends it with a p.s. at the end. The illustrations are done through collage (making some of the characters quite creepy looking in my opinion), and the words are hand lettered. I suppose I could use it to teach point of view, but I'm not sure that I would as the words are so difficult to make out. ( )
  jrlandry1410 | Oct 26, 2011 |
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Experience a day at school and a dinner party from seven different points of view, including a little girl, a dog, a ladybug and a chair.

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