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.
EMILY JENKINS and TOMEK BOGACKI previously collaborated on the Bea and HaHa books, Daffodil, and Five Creatures, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Ms. Jenkins lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Mr. Bogacki lives in Long Island City, New York.
"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