Life Without Nico
Life Without Nico is a sweet story that follows a pair of best friends: Maia and Nico. Like most best friends, Maia and Nico are inseparable. Their friendship suddenly becomes compromised though when Nico’s father must relocate to continue his research. Time works against them and before they know it, they must part ways. Maia, like the title suggests, must begin to live a life without Nico. As her loneliness grows, Maia attempts to cope with losing the person closest to her through experimentation with new passions, making new friends, and even forming a relationship with a feline companion. The biggest lesson Maia learns, however, is that Nico will always be part of her life–no matter the time or distance–and when he returns, she realizes that.
Life Without Nico tells an important tale of loss and lessons through poetic prose and charming illustrations. Emotions are rendered exquisitely while also demonstrating a valuable and hopeful message to young readers. This book is the perfect addition to any child’s library, but especially those that have or are currently experiencing the pain of losing a friend.
Andrea Maturana, Francisco Javier Olea, Illustrator
Kids Can Press