Kid Lit: Life Without Nico

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana

Published on April 1, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
Maia and Nico are best friends. They never get tired of playing together. Unexpectedly, though, Nico and his family have to move far away for a while. Maia is devastated. .Now time passes slowly, and the emptiness is with Maia everywhere she goes.. She makes her way through the dark days, bored and alone. But, slowly, things begin to change, and .? Maia meets an unexpected companion ? She makes a new friend ? She even discovers a new passion.. Her life has become so happy and full, in fact, that she worries there will no longer be enough room for Nico. Of course, when he returns, she discovers there is. As Maia learns, there is always space in your heart for friendship. This poetic, touching picture book written by Andrea Maturana is sure to move readers of any age. It sensitively explores a child’s capacity for friendship and the range of feelings experienced while trying to cope with loss. Losing a friend is a common childhood experience, and this book would offer a perfect opportunity for a classroom discussion on this or any kind of loss. It speaks to the resilience of children as well, and the experience of growing up and discovering that welcoming new things and people into your life doesn’t mean losing the old. The sweet artwork by Francisco Javier Olea uses warm, muted colors that reinforce the reassuring tone of the story, as well as magical imagery that enhances its emotional depth.

My Thoughts:
This is a wonderful book about friendship. Maia and Nico are best friends. They do everything together until Nico has to move to Australia for a while. Maia misses Nico. She’s very sad, but then she meets a cat, makes a new friend, and starts playing the piano. When Nico returns, Maia is worried she won’t have room for him in her life. But of course she does. There’s always room for more friends.

This book was simple but powerful. I loved the illustrations and the descriptions of Maia’s feelings. This book is excellent for older children, ages 5-8 probably. Anyone who’s lost a friend or worried about making new friends would appreciate this book. It’s very well written.

My Rating: 4 stars

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  1. I was in 7th grade when my best friend and neighbor since Kindergarten moved to Italy. It was awful and I never had a closer friend like that during school until college.

    1. I'm sorry. šŸ™ It's so hard to make friends like that when you're older. I moved to Milwaukee when I was 22, and after my two closest friends moved away at age 25, it took me about 7 years to make other really close girlfriends.

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