Daisy Marsha Martin has perfected the art of dawdling.
She doesn’t mean to be late; there is just always something else very important to do. Teaching her stuffed animals gymnastics, for instance. Or pretending to be a cat while climbing the stairs, instead of walking regularly. And really, why wouldn’t you dance while getting dressed? It just makes everything much zippier. But it also makes her mother yell, “Don’t dillydally, Daisy!” On Saturday, Daisy has swim lessons—her most favorite part of the week—and her mother has threatened to take them away if Daisy is late again. Daisy must summon every bit of strength, overcoming all obstacles, to finally be on time. (Almost.) With wide, comic eyes and frenzied energy, Daisy is a humorous visual foil to her heavy-lidded, exasperated mom. Fearing’s expressive strokes can barely contain the epic messes left in Daisy’s wake.
An ode to young daydreamers—and tempting distractions—everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)