Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374399443, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 17, 2007
Triplet Daffodil does not want to be as sweet as a flower, and she is sick and tired of constantly being mistaken for her sisters. With a papier-mâché crocodile head and a "Raaa raaa raaa chomp chomp chomp," Daffodil embarks on a day of getting dirty, biting trees, and playing with her food. One thing is for sure - everyone knows the crocodile is DAFFODIL, not Rose or Violet. But what is Daffodil to do when her crocodile head falls apart? Will she go back to being a pretty, clean little flower of a girl?
Bright illustrations enliven this charming story of a spunky heroine asserting herself as an individual.
"A wisely perceptive celebration of a child's need to define herself." --Kirkus Reviews "Lots of curves and movement capture Daffodil's spirited play and fierce assertion of self." --The Horn Book "Colorful art, whimsical and expressive, fills pages with fanciful patterns, perspectives, and details, interweaving fantasies amid familiar activities and settings."--Booklist "Plenty of kids will relish the notion of releasing their inner scary monster, and they'll find it enjoyable to let loose with a few comradely "Raa raa raas" of their own."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Will reassure girls that breaking the mold and getting their knees dirty is sometimes a very good idea." -The New York Times Book Review