Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away
Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

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Annotation: Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today, not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it is time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special.
Catalog Number: #217099
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Sanchez, Sonia,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-536-20704-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8150-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-536-20704-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8150-3
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 22 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Medina approaches the difficulty of best friends separated by a move from the perspective of the child left behind. Here young Daniela crosses the street to play with Evelyn, her "mejor amiga, my numero uno best friend," on the day the moving truck arrives to take away all Evelyn's things. Together, the girls greet neighbors, play in all their special places, and hide from the grown-ups when it is time to say goodbye. They agree to talk on the phone, although both realize their relationship won't be the same. Medina's simple, straightforward text never sugarcoats the pain of parting from a best friend; and while Mami assures her daughter that she will make new friends, Daniela knows Evelyn will always be her bestie. Sánchez's digital illustrations depict these two brown girls living in nearly identical inner-city brownstones, connected by a pulley the girls have rigged so they can trade toys. Vivid colors keep the overall tone upbeat, and a final illustration depicts an older Daniela enjoying letters from her friend. Realistic and quietly satisfying.
Kirkus Reviews
Daniela’s “número uno best friend,” Evelyn Del Rey, is moving away. But today, for one last time, they’ll play. Just like they always do.Daniela and Evelyn are two Latinx girls who live across the street from each other in apartments that are almost identical. One has a bedroom with “sunny yellow” walls and lives with both her parents and a cat; the other has a bedroom with “cotton candy” pink walls and lives with her mother and a hamster. But they “are mostly the same, just like [their] apartments. But not after today.” As the grown-ups pack and the moving truck is loaded, the girls enjoy one last day together. When the time comes to say goodbye, plans are made and big hugs are given. The ending hints at a friendship that lasts into future years, but the beauty of the book lies in the sheer pleasure and exhilaration exhibited by the girls as they enjoy the present moment. Newbery Medalist Medina’s versatility is in evidence here, showing she’s as much in tune with the picture-book audience as she is with older readers. With lines that go at angles and splashes of bold colors and patterns, Sánchez’s artwork is as lively and full of movement as the two girls. Layered applications of color create texture, and the interiors of their apartments are cozily beckoning. Evelyn is depicted with brown skin and locs, and Daniela with pale skin and two puffy pigtails.A tender story of friendship and change. (Picture book. 4-7)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Daniela’s “número uno best friend,” Evelyn Del Rey, is moving away. But today, for one last time, they’ll play. Just like they always do.Daniela and Evelyn are two Latinx girls who live across the street from each other in apartments that are almost identical. One has a bedroom with “sunny yellow” walls and lives with both her parents and a cat; the other has a bedroom with “cotton candy” pink walls and lives with her mother and a hamster. But they “are mostly the same, just like [their] apartments. But not after today.” As the grown-ups pack and the moving truck is loaded, the girls enjoy one last day together. When the time comes to say goodbye, plans are made and big hugs are given. The ending hints at a friendship that lasts into future years, but the beauty of the book lies in the sheer pleasure and exhilaration exhibited by the girls as they enjoy the present moment. Newbery Medalist Medina’s versatility is in evidence here, showing she’s as much in tune with the picture-book audience as she is with older readers. With lines that go at angles and splashes of bold colors and patterns, Sánchez’s artwork is as lively and full of movement as the two girls. Layered applications of color create texture, and the interiors of their apartments are cozily beckoning. Evelyn is depicted with brown skin and locs, and Daniela with pale skin and two puffy pigtails.A tender story of friendship and change. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

From Newbery Medalist Meg Medina comes the bittersweet story of two girls who will always be each other’s número uno, even though one is moving away.

A big truck with its mouth wide open is parked at the curb, ready to gobble up Evelyn’s mirror with the stickers around the edge . . . and the sofa that we bounce on to get to the moon.

Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today—not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it’s time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. The tenderness of Meg Medina’s beautifully written story about friendship and change is balanced by Sonia Sánchez’s colorful and vibrant depictions of the girls’ urban neighborhood.


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