April 2012, Frances Lincoln
32 Pages, Hardback
Themes: isolation, neighbours, community spirit, helping others, finding things in common, learning new skills, relaxation, healthy living, big ideas, lots of humour
Summary from Frances Lincoln
No one really knows each other in Daisy's street. But when Mr Hofmeister falls ill, she is determined to help him out and get the neighbours involved. Invitations go out, hinting at buried treasure, and one special day the two Daves, the Lemming family, Mrs Benjamin and Professor Flowerdew all come together to dig the old man's garden and look for the treasure. And do they find treasure? Well yes, but not quite what anyone expected!
This is quite a book. I feel in love with the slightly peeved looking cat on the second page of the story. I liked how it shows that often we may not know our neighbours, even when we probably have at least one thing in common.
The illustrations are brilliant. I love the shaded style of them. Lucy's outfit is funky, reminding me of black, white & green striped socks that I have (with Winnie-the-Pooh on). I loved the Cath Kidston patterned dress on one of the children. What is amazing is that some of the objects (books, biscuits, rubbish bags) were real photos! It made it seem even more realistic. The end made me cry because both the story and the illustrations radiate friendship. The range of colours used in conjunction with the happy ending made me overflow with happiness. Go say hi to your neighbours, as Daisy did in this 10/10 read.
Another girl who brings a reluctant community together (eventually) is Eva, in Eva's Holiday by Judi Curtin