Little Eva has just turned 7, which means she can walk to her grandfather’s house all by herself. As Eva joins the grandfather for her birthday breakfast, she’s delighted to get a beautiful necklace with a small golden key. But what does the key open? If Eva can solve the puzzle, the thing in which the key fits will belong to Eva. Dauvin has crafted a well-imagined book, and in Eva, she has created a protagonist who possesses an amazing amount of personality. It’s hard not to be charmed by her. Chloe, the dog doesn’t get much space in the story but leaves an impression, particularly with its birthday licks. Readers, both young and old, will find Eva’s bond with her grandfather moving and realistic. The theme is simple, but Dauvin imbues the narrative with layers of emotional meaning. Floyd Yamyamin contributes whimsical, expressive illustrations, employing captivating angles and warm colors to hold readers’ attention. The narrative is suitable for new, eager readers as well as read-aloud with little ones. Eva’s bond with her grandfather, the meaningful ending, and the story’s core concept—the celebration of familial ties—makes it a welcoming, engrossing read. The book should easily make it to school and public libraries shelves.
Categories: children's fiction