Annie, first introduced to readers in REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI (Candlewick, 2007), lives with her dad in New York City and is now in fourth grade. Her new best friend, a floppy-haired puppy named Leo, is helping her cope with schoolwork, an icky boy, and a best friend who is moving away. She writes letters to him, and reads them to him at night…Upbeat and chirpy, and decorated with lots of kid-style illustrations, LETTERS TO LEO evokes empathy with a light touch.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
In Annie, readers will find a perfectly imperfect Model Citizen, a loving daughter and good friend—in other words, someone a lot like them.
Hest does a charming job making Annie (and Leo!) come alive through a series of letters and drawings… Ready-made for reluctant readers, who will be enticed by the art-heavy format and the short bursts of text, this book will also be a good choice for fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine series or the Judy Moody books.
Middle graders will enjoy watching Annie grow up as a friend and a daughter.
—The Horn Book
Abundant humorous illustrations and the epistolary format make this an ideal choice for kids just starting to embark on chapter books, and its message of healing is salve for all ages.
In funny, insightful and charming notes, "Letters to Leo" captures the best and worst of life in the fast lane of elementary school. It’s also small enough to sneak into a duffel bag for camp, without the tell-tale book bulge.
—Huffington Post Parents blog