Lola and IAuthor Chiara Valentina Segre Illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi ISBN 9781554553631 Binding Trade Cloth Publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publication Date October 02, 2015 Size 222 x 286 mm
Secretly told through the perspective of a seeing-eye dog, Lola and I is a story of a friendship with a rocky start. Lola, the human, was blinded in a car accident. She moves to the city with her seeing-eye dog, Star, and Star describes Lola's pains and struggles as she adjusts to her new condition. Eventually with Star's help, Lola is able to find joy in her day-to-day life and her friendship with Star grows.
Chiara Valentina Segre
was born in Italy. After graduating with a degree in biology she worked for several years discovering the secrets of cells and helping cancer research. As a child, she invented stories to tell her classmates and dreamed of becoming a writer. Her first book, Gedeone, was published in 2010. She loves cats, fireworks and blueberry tarts.
was born in Crevalcore, an Italian village famous for its frogs and fog. After studying art, he worked for several years in advertising before starting to work on children's books.
2015 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities
"Composed of vivid, sight-free sensory details, the text's parallel treatment of Star and Lola symbolizes the close bond between dog and human, felt rather than seen. A truly inclusive, heartfelt (guide) dog tale."
— Kirkus Starred review
"While this is very much a book about character rather than action, it will inspire personal responses in its readership, and it offers room for related talk as a response activity if used in elementary classrooms. Although the target reading age involves younger elementary students, Lola and I is a book that will be appreciated by older readers in the way it takes action against stereotypes while offering a portrayal of an energetic young woman whose blindness is only one characteristic in a dynamic portrayal.
— CM Magazine
"The narrator (and the woman's disability) is revealed slowly — emphasizing the strong bond between woman and guide dog. Most readers will be surprised — and moved."
— Horn Book Magazine
"This is an absolutely charming book told from the point of view of a dog and its owner Lola. Lola and the dog go everywhere and do everything together. The dog talks how they clash about the music they enjoy but in most other things have similar interests. But there is a difference as we find out, that this is Lola's seeing eye dog, trained to get her through all her everyday struggles. Totally heartwarming and moving."
— Shelf Life magazine
"A touching story about the special bond between a person and a guide dog."