Blue Daisy

Holiday House/Margaret Ferguson Bks. Mar. 2020. 96p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823444144.
Gr 2-4–This novel in verse alternates between the perspectives of two neighbor friends, Sam and Katie. One day, a skinny, unwashed dog walks through both of their yards. Sam and Katie witness the dog being mistreated by a number of their neighbors and are curious when the animal later returns to Sam’s house. Sam’s dad was outside painting an old table blue—when he goes inside, Sam and Katie get the odd idea to paint the dog; they end up drawing a blue daisy on her, even though they know it’s wrong. Then, Blue Daisy ends up getting lost in the neighborhood. When Katie and Sam finally find her, they are disappointed to see that she is with neighborhood kids that they don’t like, Michael and Miranda. But when Blue Daisy disappears again and ends up in trouble, the four kids rescue her together and forge a tentative friendship in the process. Even though the story is well written, the novel’s format doesn’t quite work. The text’s tone feels disjointed, and the peripheral characters’ mistreatment of Daisy goes somewhat unresolved.
VERDICT Suitable for libraries where there is an interest in morality tales and dog stories.

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