Book Review: Chris Raschka’s Daisy Gets Lost

Posted April 1, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

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Book Review: Chris Raschka’s Daisy Gets Lost

Daisy Gets Lost

by Chris Raschka

Illustrator: Chris Raschka

Series: Daisy #2

Genres: Picture Book

This Hardcover has 32 pages and was published by Schwartz & Wade Books on October 8, 2013. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Second in the Daisy picture book series for children, ages 3–7, and revolving around a young puppy.

My Take

Daisy Gets Lost is all about “the confusion and fear of getting lost followed by the joy of being found”.

Wow, Raschka’s simple and primitive graphics are great with a fabulous use of color! Explore Daisy’s posture and facial expressions with the kids…because, dang, they’re good!

You can feel the fear on the two page spreads when Daisy realizes she’s lost, and Raschka has made excellent use of plants to enhance that fear, both in the close-up and in the aerial view.

You may want to explore that fear with your kids. How scared you’d be if your child were the lost one. How they would feel if they couldn’t find Mommy or Daddy. And using the puppy as the one who’s lost to keep real fear at bay. I suspect the kids can empathize with fear if applied to a loved puppy or kitten!

The ending pages are also expressive in Daisy and her owner’s relief.

Ya don’t have to use much in the way of words, if you can paint like Raschka.

The Story

A fun day at the park, playing with her girl, chasing that wily squirrel leads to one lost puppy!

The Characters

Daisy is a white puppy with a big nose on her big head. Her owner is a young girl. That cheeky squirrel is fast.

The Cover and Title

The cover is very cheerful with the watercolor background of yellows and blues. Two Daisies are on the cover — Raschka has painted her head white but left her body to reflect the background. The leftmost Daisy, backed into a green bush with a tree trunk behind her, is checking out the red-backed sign with the title in white and the author’s name below her in the same green. The bottom Daisy is on the run, chasing something into the blue.

The title is the trauma, Daisy Gets Lost.

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