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This is a really popular series of books with the 4 - 5 year old girls I teach and even the boys can appreciate the humour in the illustrations, though I would hate to have a Daisy in my house, too much back-chat!!
~ Daisy Books ~
Daisy is a little girl whose naughtiness and cheekiness, really appeals to the children in my class.
She's a bit of a tomboy and doesn't do dresses etc which is great as she goes a little way to against stereotypes.
There are quite a few books in the series, some of which I have listed below:
* Really, Really
* Eat Your Peas
* If I was Boss
* A Bunch of Daisies
* 006 and a Bit
~ The Story ~
It is all about Daisy's Mum telling her not to do certain things, e.g.
"Don't pick your nose."
"Don't slurp your soup."
"Don't leave your clothes on the floor."
"Don't talk with your mouth full."
Each time she is told not to do something by her Mum, Daisy replies:
and when asked by her Mum "When?" Daisy is able to give her Mum an example of when she was doing the very thing that she is telling Daisy not to do!
* Mum slurped her chicken noodle soup on Saturday.
* She picked her nose on the way to Nanny's house.
When reminded of these events, Mum looks a bit shocked and somewhat embarassed and comes up with an excuse such as the soup was hot and she'd just been to the dentist OR she wasn't picking her nose, she was scratching it etc.....
Realising that Daisy has got the better of her, Mum asks who deserves a good tickling and the story ends with Mum tickling a squealing Daisy saying "I DO! I DO!"
~ Style and Format ~
The text is always on the left hand page set alongside a drawing of Mum telling Daisy not to do things. On the adjacent page there is a picture of Mum doing exactly what she is telling Daisy not to do.
There isn't much repetitive text apart from Daisy saying "You Do."
The text and the illustrations as with all of the books in this series complement each other.
~ Ilustrations ~
Nick Sharrat has the ability to illustrate with a humorous element which really appeals to children. They love seeing the Mum picking her nose, lolloping on the sofa, sitting too near to the television etc and the fact that Daisy is catching her Mum out is really well depicted.
He has used very rich vibrant colours, which very simple drawings.
~ Kes Gray, the Author ~
He began his career in advertising and his most famous tv advers have been for Carling Black Label, Prudential and the NSPCC.
In 1997 he took one months sabbatical and produced his first and most acclaimed picture book, 'Eat Your Peas'. This was published in 2000 and became the first picture book in ten years to win the overall prize at the 2001 Federation of Children's Book Awards.
He has since gone on to write a series of books all about Daisy as well as writing young fiction books for Oxford's Treetops Schools reading series.
~ Nick Sharratt, The Illustrator ~
He studied graphic design at London Art College and got a job drawing humorous illustrations for magazines, sweet packets and Easter Egg wrappers. He illustrated school textbooks before going on to write and illustrate his own picture books, his first being 'What Do I Like?'
Nick Sharratt now spends half of his time illustrating for other writers and half for his own books and has been very successful working alongside Kes Gray in the Daisy series of books.
~ Price ~
Paperback ISBN: 0-09-943873-9 is £5.99 but it's available from amazon from £1.83
This book is also available in hardcover from amazon from just 15p, a great bargain when you consider the RRP is £10.99.
~ My Verdict ~
Children love the fact that the Mum is slightly 'shown up' and they can relate to the fact that they are told not to do things when some adults around them do them!!
Just point out to children that some adults may think that Daisy is a tad cheeky!
Daisy's mum tells her: 'Don't pick your nose!''You do!' says Daisy, pointing out the time mum was picking her nose on the way to Gran's. And each time Mum tries to reprimand Daisy for a bad habit, Daisy has an example of when Mum did it, too. If you liked Eat Your Peas and Really, Really, you will love this book!