Young readers, teachers, and librarians will be excited to follow Daisy the dog on her next adventure. With the same emotional intensity that he brought to hisNew York Times bestselling and New York Times Best Illustrated and Caldecott Medal-winning picture book A Ball for Daisy, Raschka has created a story that explores fear as only he can. Any child who has ever felt lost will relate to Daisy's despair upon finding herself in an unfamiliar part of the park after chasing a squirrel. In a nearly wordless picture ...
Young readers, teachers, and librarians will be excited to follow Daisy the dog on her next adventure. With the same emotional intensity that he brought to hisNew York Times bestselling and New York Times Best Illustrated and Caldecott Medal-winning picture book A Ball for Daisy, Raschka has created a story that explores fear as only he can. Any child who has ever felt lost will relate to Daisy's despair upon finding herself in an unfamiliar part of the park after chasing a squirrel. In a nearly wordless picture book, Daisy encounters the unease of being lost and the joys of being found. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers, teachers, parents and, of course, the legions of Daisy fans out there.
- Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Daisy, the appealing and irrepressible pooch, returns in an exciting, almost wordless new adventure. When her mistress tosses a ball and says, "Go get it, Daisy!" Daisy has it in her mouth on the next double page. But there, as well, is a squirrel, and Daisy is off on the chase. In panoramas across the double pages, Daisy races. But when she trees the squirrel, she realizes she is lost. Her mistress calls her from far away, then searches through the woods as Daisy does likewise. Finally Daisy's howls bring about the exuberant happy ending. Raschka uses ink, watercolor paints, and gouache sparingly and impressionistically to create this animated adventure of a chase through the woods. Our interest and emotions are caught throughout the story. A new companion to Raschka's Caldecott winning picture book, A Ball for Daisy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The lovable pup from A Ball for Daisy (Random, 2011) is back. Nearly wordless like its predecessor, this evocative story depicts another misadventure in the park. While playing fetch with her human and her new blue ball, Daisy sees a squirrel. In typical doggie fashion, she merrily chases the critter into the woods and gets lost. Frantic, she howls and looks for the child while the youngster searches for her. The two find each other in the end, though Daisy is still eyeing that pesky squirrel. A clever mix of layouts-mostly full spreads, occasionally changing to two to eight panels across two pages-propels the action. As in his previous work, Raschka masterfully imbues his ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations with a stunning range of emotions. With a few brushstrokes, he captures the excitement in the lolling canine tongue, the alarm and anguish of being lost, the relief and joy of the cozy reunion. Whether a cautionary tale or one familiar to any pet owner, this book is a must for Daisy fans everywhere.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Another toy ball—a blue one, this time—sets in motion the events in this emotionally incisive companion to Raschka’s Caldecott-winning A Ball for Daisy. A game of fetch leads to a squirrel chase, which leaves Daisy lost and alone in the forest. Raschka again demonstrates his gift for visually capturing a sweeping range of feeling and emotion, from the gleam in the squirrel’s eye to Daisy’s wide-eyed alarm as she realizes her predicament. Raschka is sparing in his use of words—there are a couple anguished cries of “Daisy!” on the part of the dog’s young owner, as well as a mournful howl that brings about a resoundingly comforting reunion. Ages 3–7. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 26, 2013: "Raschka again demonstrates his gift for visually capturing a sweeping range of feeling and emotion, from the gleam in the squirrel’s eye to Daisy’s wide-eyed alarm as she realizes her predicament."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2013:"As in his previous work, "Raschka masterfully imbues his ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations with a stunning range of emotions…this book is a must for Daisy fans everywhere.”
The floppy-eared charmer who won the hearts of (among others) a Caldecott Award committee in her first outing suffers more doggy distress in this return. Having chased first her blue ball and then an amusingly unconcerned-looking squirrel, Daisy finds herself alone in the trackless woods. Applying paint with broad brushwork both wet and dry, Raschka expertly captures sweeping emotional arcs as Daisy and her equally anxious owner search for each other through dense foliage. Finally, Daisy's despairing howl leads to a reunion so joyful that it requires three nearly identical scenes to express properly. With only Daisy's called-out name and that howl for text, the pictures chart the eventful outing in a mix of full spreads and sequential strips or panels--with a midcourse aerial view that reassuringly reveals that the two are never very far apart. The duckling Daisy in Jane Simmons' Come Along, Daisy! (1998) may be more venturesome, but young children will readily identify with the mix of high spirits and vulnerability this Daisy, literally and figuratively fetching, displays. Endearing. (Picture book. 3-5)
CHRIS RASCHKA has written and/or illustrated over 30 books for children, including A Ball for Daisy, the Caldecott Medal-winning book. His other books include Good Sports, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; the Caldecott Medal winning title The Hello, Goodbye Window; the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes?; and Mysterious Thelonius.