Dandy by Ame Dyckman
Illustrated by: Charles Santoso
Little, Brown and Company, 2019, 32 pages
Trigger warnings: N/A
About the Author: Ame Dyckman is a best-selling children’s book author. She has written the books Horrible Bear, Misunderstood Shark and Read the Book, Lemmings! just to name a few. You can find more about her at: http://www.amedyckman.com/
About the Illustrator: Charles Santoso has
illustrated a variety of picture books, including The Snurtch; Ida, Always; and
Peanut Butter and Brains. He lives in Sydney, Australia, where some of his
work is exhibited. He has also worked as both a concept artist and art director
at the company, Animal Logic. You can find more about him at
“Daddy spied something scary on his perfect lawn. He ran for his clippers…“
To Daddy, the weed growing up out of his perfectly manicured, great green lawn is a disgrace to his yard… his neighborhood… the universe! To his daughter Sweetie, “Charlotte” the dandelion is a best friend. What will Daddy do?
Dyckman and Santoso craft this delightfully silly, fast-paced story about Daddy’s ventures to exterminate “Charlotte” without upsetting his young daughter. This book is a great father-daughter read that gets kids thinking about perspective and empathy, all while having fun seeing the goofy shenanigans Daddy engages in. Santoso provides colorful illustrations with a large emphasis on Daddy’s elaborate facial expressions, while Dyckman’s text flows smoothly, keeping readers flipping pages quickly. Dialogue boxes showcasing the lion family’s nosy and peer-pressure focused neighbors add to the story’s comedy.
Dandy shows readers that it’s not always about growing the perfect garden, but instead about growing the perfect family.