The Story of #DivaandFlea – Review, Giveaway, Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi!

I am very excited to tell you about this book! In case you are wondering about the title to this post, I am not giving away Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi BUT I am giving away a cool prize pack to celebrate this collaboration of these two titans of children’s literature (read to the bottom to see how to win a prize pack provided by Disney Publishing)!

DivaandFleaCoverThe Story of Diva and Flea
Written by Mo Willems
Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
80 pages – ages 6+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 13, 2015

About the Book: (from the publisher)

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France–but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

What I thought: This was an amazing book! I thought it was really cool how Mr. Willems partnered with Tony DiTerlizzi because he was searching for the perfect illustrations for his story. It is a great transition book for kids moving up from picture books or early readers. There is a nice contrast of words and pictures that make the 80 pages go by in a breeze. There is a lot of humor in the book, like Flea telling Diva to say “Meow”, and Flea’s pronunciation of words. I was also happy to see one Pigeon book reference, on a poster at the subway scene. That made me smile while I was reading it. I think that as a whole, Mr. Willems and Mr. DiTerlizzi make a fantastic team. I would be thrilled to see more of their collaborations! I really enjoyed reading this great story of friendship! I found it pretty neat that Diva and Flea are real animals in France.

About the Author


Mo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering four Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive! and A Big Guy Took My Ball!).


About the Illustrator


Tony DiTerlizzi (, a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies, been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a feature film. He won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating The Spider & The Fly, and in 2014 he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and dog, Mimi.

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Check out this video where Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi talk about their collaboration!
I personally found the video very cool because it talks about how Mo Willems had a story but he couldn’t draw it correctly so he sought out an illustrator who could draw the story as he envisioned. As it turns out Mr. DiTerlizzi added much more to the story through his illustrations.


One insanely lucky blog commenter will be randomly picked from all people who make a comment on this post to win this prize pack provided by Disney Publishing (US residents only please)!

DivaFriendshipPrizeAll you have to do is comment and tell me why you are excited to experience this book! On October 14th I will announce one winner randomly drawn for all the comments. Good luck and thank you for reading my blog!

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38 replies

  1. Even though I don’t qualify for this prize pack, I just want to say I would love this book! I so enjoyed the video of Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi discussing their collaboration in creating Diva and Flea. This is a book I have to buy!

  2. Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi. Those names are all it took me for me to be excited about this book!

  3. Well, Mo Willems is enough to get us excited about the book! We found it interesting about him using another illustrator. Great post!

  4. Although I am not a huge Disney fan, I can see the wonder in the team of Willems/DiTerlizzi. We know they are friends who value the companionship of diverse species.
    What a great contribution for early readers. I will be reading and most likely reviewing this book for my blog

  5. Sounds like a great book. But I would’ve preferred a real flea to a cat.

  6. So interesting how the story found Mo Willems while he was in Paris and then to find just the right artist to illustrate it. I love the way that they describe the characters in the video and would love to read the final collaboration.

  7. This sounds like a really wonderful book. I may be insane because I love the use of a cat, but the name Flea is quite interesting. His friends probably joke around saying, “Hey, Flea, you got a flea.” I’ll definitely check this one out.

    • You- You like CATS?! 😉 It’s a great story! 😀

      • I love my two kitties. But, I love dogs as well and play with dozens most nights in my backyard. Seriously, I do. It is so much fun to have a pack of dogs around. But I would never give up my cats. They are so soft and cuddly. One is even leash trained and takes walks with me. Other times I take them for a stroll in their carriage. But I do love dogs, very much! (Esp. Beagles). 🙂

        What did you think about the flea “joke?” (“Hey, Flea, you got a flea!” said Diva.) 😆

      • Hmm… We have a cat person in our midst… 😉 I have a rule about me and cats – I like ’em as long as I don’t live with ’em! 😉

  8. A dog? Friends with a cat? Mind = Blown

    Love and licks and yikes,

  9. I’m Excited To Experience This Book Because My Family Is Huge Animal Lovers And We Would All Enjoy This Book!

  10. So excited because we are huge Mo Willems fans! Interested to read his latest book!

  11. Oh, my! What’s not to love? You had me at Mo Willems.

  12. I love Tony DiTerlizzi! I would love to read this book

  13. My kids love anything by Mo Willems.

  14. This book looks adorable, and I know my fourth graders would love it. They love Mo Willems (what kid doesn’t?!)

  15. My kids love Mo Willems. I’m excited to see that he has a book our for older readers. It will be perfect for my 6 year old!

  16. I’m excited about this book because it looks like it would be a great read! My son loves reading and is always excited about new books. Thanks for the chance to win! Julie

  17. I’m thinking that cover reminds me of “The Lady and the Tramp.” Have you seen that Disney film? Why am I excited? My son (and all the kids in his class at school) LOVES dogs and cats, and this seems to be a perfect pairing!


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