When I am Happiest
by Rose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Eva Ericksson
Gecko Press, 2015
Originally published in Sweden
The third in an early-chapter book series about third-grader Dani. It’s the second-to-last day of school when Dani is pulled from the classroom and finds out her dad is in the hospital! She, of course, wants to be with him, but isn’t allowed for he is in a coma. She keeps insisting and is finally allowed. She calls out to him and he awakens for a brief moment. Dani is happy. The doctors say the activity is a good sign. Dani’s grandma cares for her and her many friends support her. Dani moves through the many emotions of happiness, sorrow, and joy. Like the others in this series, When I am Happiest is a rich, engaging story.
Others in series: My Heart is Laughing and My Happy Life.