My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book hangover rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Library Copy
Genre: Juvenile Fiction (Newbery Honor)
Objectionable material: none
I hate dogs. My kids will be forever scarred because we do not have a pet.
However, if they came home with a dog like Winn-Dixie – I would totally reconsider.
10 year old Opal is lucky enough to encounter Winn Dixie at, well, the local Winn Dixie.
Forever after, the two are inseparable.
This is a delightful tale of a girl and her dog and the friends she meets along the way.
Opal is a bit like Scout and a bit like Julia (from The One and Only Ivan) – a spunky girl, without a mother, who navigates childhood the best she can, with independence and zest and the companionship of an animal.
I’m particularly interested in this book because Duncan Sheik (Tony & Grammy award winner for Spring Awakening) will be directing Because of Winn Dixie – the Musical this December at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Taran, an Irish Wolf hound, has already been cast and is in training to make his stage debut as Winn Dixie.
I'm secretly hoping I Kate DiCamillo will be at the world premier and I can meet her!