Poignant and delicately told.
—New York Times Book Review, The
A heartfelt story that is sure to touch a chord with readers.
—School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
...[E]xquisitely crafted first novel. Each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness; yet the chapters add up to much more than a sum of their parts. . . This bittersweet tale of contemporary life in a small Southern town will hold readers rapt.
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
This well-crafted, realistic, and heartwarming story will be read and reread as a new favorite deserving a long-term place on library shelves.
—School Library Journal, starred review
Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow, and hope. And it's funny, too. A real gem.
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The books' truthfulness is what makes it so powerful. People can identify with the fact that everyone sort of isolates themselves because of a misconnection or a loss or whatever is in their lives.
It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read.
DiCamillo doesn't shy from bad things, and while she validates a child's sense of grief and loss, she also hold open life's possibilities.
Both kids and grown-ups love it . . . it's a great read-aloud book . . . it has scooped up numerous awards . . . it's an unforgettable story about making friends . . .
. . . carefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging.
—San Francisco Chronicle
an enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom.
A gentle book about good people coming together to combat lonliness and heartache—with a little canine assistance.
—Horn Book Guide, The
Children will enjoy Opal's abiding humor and Winn-Dixie's disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together.
—Five Owls, Book of Merit
It's rare to recommend a book for all ages but here we have BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo.
A tale not just about a dog found in a grocery store; it's also about the healing power of truth.