Letters To Leo picks up on Annie Rossi’s life a year after she appeared in Remembering Mrs. Rossi. Annie is in fourth grade now, with a best friend and an arch nemesis (a boy, of course). She lives with her professor father and her new dog Leo in a New York apartment. Annie writes a letter about her day to read to Leo every night at bedtime. The letters are funny, sweet and illustrated with Annie’s artwork. Leo helps Annie adjust to her mother’s death, and even helps her shy father come out of his shell. Annie’s problems at school with Edward will ring true to middle elementary students.
This would be a good read for readers who like Judy Moody. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the short text, childlike illustrations and Annie’s adventures in school.
recommended by Victoria