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Fantastic Daisy Artichoke
Blake, Quentin.
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Publication Information:
London : Red Fox, 2001.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1999.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Picture Books

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Meet Fantastic Daisy Artichoke. She's got three fat cats we like to stroke and a pond in which she likes to soak. . . . She isn't quite like other folk!

Author Notes

Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932.

His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage.

His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A carrot-topped boy and a girl with long blond tresses recall their friend Daisy and her entourage: "Her three fat cats/ we liked to stroke/ Her raven with its/ awful croak/ Her pig that almost/ never woke." Blake's signature drawings with watercolor wash invigorate the proceedings as the trio cavorts across the pages. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Two children reminisce about meeting Daisy Artichoke, a character with panache, for the first time. In rhyming sentences, they recall her odd menagerie: "three fat cats we liked to stroke," "Her raven with its awful croak," and "Her pig that almost never woke." The woman's favorite pastimes also have child appeal: telling jokes, riding a bicycle that "almost always broke," and building chairs "made of solid oak." Clever images are at the heart of the text, and the quick rhythms move them seamlessly forward. Cartoon dialogue bubbles convey the humorous conversational asides of the friends. With her Pippi Longstockinglike pigtails flying at all angles, Daisy turns cartwheels, plays the banjo, and delights in the fact that she "isn't quite like other folk." Blake's trademark line drawings are full of movement and color and capture Daisy's free-spirited nature. This story of a fun and eccentric friend is sure to please children.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.