DAISY by Brian Wildsmith


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Wherein Daisy the up-country cow goes to Hollywood: an overblown trifle that does, however, deliver its money's-worth of split-page visual spectacle. In a setting that might be the Tyrol (the usual quaint cottages and parti-colored costumes), Farmer Brown watches television and yearns for a tractor, while cow Daisy, watching from outside the window, yearns to see the world. When Farmer Brown forgets to close the gate, Daisy makes her way to the mountain village, walks from slope to roof, attracts a TV crew--and in short order is being cranked aboard a ship, bound for Hollywood. Naturally, she's ""a big star""--amusingly, in Westerns. She's also ""on the cover of all the best magazines""--and, least amusingly, she appears in a bubble-bath ad. And so it goes on, to excess--with Daisy trampling a banquet table (like some soused Roman emperor) and calling for ""fresh grass and buttercups."" As a vet prescribes, it's time for lonesome Daisy to go home--by open plane and parachute to a hearty welcome from Farmer Brown. When last seen, Daisy is her old self--watching her star self on TV. There's a certain match here, at least, between the contents and the form.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1984
Publisher: Pantheon