I’ve had dogs on the brain these past few weeks. Well, more like one dog on the brain: my escape artist, Peanut, a little mutt who gets himself into real trouble every few months. Whether it’s getting his head stuck in the fence for a few hours or mysteriously cutting his paw while running in the yard, this little guy definitely keeps my husband and I on our toes. (He’s lucky he’s captured our hearts with his cuteness!) Of all the trouble he’s gotten into, no time is worse than coming home to find Peanut had escaped the yard and was lost in the neighborhood. This emotionally charged memory is what drew me to Chris Raschka’s Daisy Gets Lost.
As a newbie to the kidlit world, I was not surprised to learn that Raschka has published over fifty children’s books. One glance at the cover of the distinctive dog Daisy, and it’s easy to see how these illustrations capture the reader’s imagination. Who is this curious-looking dog made of energetic swirls of paint and daubs of color? The story is a simple one: Daisy, distracted by her instinct to chase a squirrel, gets lost in the woods, far away from her girl. All it takes is a unique perspective on paint and illustration to transcend words in this nearly wordless picture book.
Art and the fun stuff!
Raschka uses his signature mix of ink, watercolor and gouache to give Daisy her inquisitive expressions, create an intriguing world, and illustrate the love between a young girl and her pup. Raschka uses playful brushstrokes, big, watery stains of paint, and rich earthy tones to capture the emotions of adventure, the uncertainty of getting lost and the comfort of being found. Daisy Gets Lost and so many other children’s books illustrated by Raschka, prove you don’t need intricate, precise illustrations to create a captivating story and a familiar situation many readers can connect with.
Kids will love it because…
who wouldn’t love a book about a playful pup with a little scare and a happy ending? Let’s face it- most kids have experienced the fear of getting lost, even if it’s only for a few minutes in the freezer aisle of the supermarket. There’s nothing like the waves of relief that come from seeing the familiar face you thought you’d never see again, a feeling for the one who was lost, and the one finding her lost loved one.
Can’t get enough of Daisy? Check out Daisy’s first appearance in A Ball for Daisy, a 2012 Caldecott Medal winner.
Curious to see Peanut, the little trouble-maker who first drew me to Daisy? Check out my Instagram: @sarahmomoromero
Sarah Momo Romero is a Japanese Peruvian American artist, a graphic designer by day and children's book author and illustrator by night. She’s loved drawing and painting since she was chiquita and now crafts stories of adventure and wondrous creatures. Sarah is an active SCBWI member who draws inspiration from her life in sunny Los Angeles with her husband/creative partner and dog/infamous escape artist, Peanut. Look out for her first picture book coming out in
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Facebook: thepeanutprojectla + Instagram: @sarahmomoromero + Twitter: @sarahmomoromero
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