Friday, September 11, 2020

Review - Marie's Big Adieu

Marie's Big Adieu

by Tamara Rittershaus
illustrated by Giulia Iacopini
Date: 2020
Publisher: PenMagicBooks LLC
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 20
Format: e-book

Moving is hard, especially when you leave your best friend behind. When Marie moves from the country to the city, will she have to say goodbye to her friend forever?

A rhyming story of friendship for anyone who's said a big adieu.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Marie's Big Adieu is a sweet little story about friendship.

Marie and Lorelei are best friends who do everything together. One day, Marie's father tells her that he's taken a job in the city and they have to move away. Marie is heartbroken at leaving her best friend behind. At the park near her new home, she meets a little girl named Rosalie and they hit it off. But the thought of being best friends with someone new doesn't sit right with Marie. It takes a conversation with Lorelei to convince her that a new friendship can be a good thing.

Marie's loyalty to her friend comes across well on the pages, and her predicament is very relatable. The story itself is sweet, and told in rhyming verse with near-perfect meter. There's a luminous quality to the cartoon-like illustrations that's quite appealing; I enjoyed looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed reading the story.

Overall, this is a strong book about friendship, loyalty, and opening yourself up to new people and experiences.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5


  1. Oh, this looks adorable...and sounds like a great way to approach friendship with kiddos!

    1. It's very cute, and probably applicable to a lot of kids who might have to move!