Sunday, August 10, 2008
Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way
Voake, Steve. 2008. Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way.
Daisy Dawson Is On Her Way is a book for young readers--perhaps in the 7 to 9 age range--featuring a young girl, Daisy, who loves animals. One day, on her way to school, a passing butterfly gives Daisy a gift of immeasurable worth (at least from Daisy's point of view). She gives Daisy the ability to talk with animals--all sorts of animals. And talk with them she does. She loves her new gift, but at the same time worries that she might be the one going crazy. Is she imagining all these conversations in her mind? Or are the class pets--gerbils--really arguing about cheese snacks?
While Daisy Dawson probably has a good amount of kid appeal, I can't say it has much adult appeal. That being said, it is hard for adults to really, really, really enjoy this type of reader, this type of early chapter book. There are always exceptions to the rules--Clementine, Moxy Maxwell, etc--but more often than not we can only see that it would be good for others to enjoy. So if you've got a child that loves animals and has a good imagination and loves to read, Daisy Dawson is one way to go.
I did love the illustrations by Jessica Meserve. I really loved those.
© Becky Laney of Young Readers