Synopses & Reviews
Poor Daisy Dunnington is her demanding mother's drudge. But then one day an unexpected letter drops on the doormat addressed to her. What can it be? Who can be writing to her? Perhaps it's from the queen's servant, explaining that she is really a princess, or its it from a movie producer, inviting her to play the lead role in his next film? As Daisy dreams all the possible lives she could have, she makes up her mind. Without even opening the letter, she leaves, heading for a more colorful future. Dear Daisy Dunnington is a book full of imagination and hope.
Publishers Weekly on Tom the Tamer
"Similarly, Hopman's illustrations are first cousin to Quentin Blakes, full of fanciful color and a jumble of imagined detail."
Kirkus on Tom the Tamer
"Hopman's luminous double-page spreads of soft watercolor and loose pen-and-ink lines lend humor to this multilayered story. Children will pick up subtle clues in the illustrations to the source of the father's emotional distance and the healing power of play. Sublime."
Starred Review... Each of the letters is fulsomely illustrated with rich detail and rubbery figures; … It’s an odd and very European tale, and a very brave one. Kirkus Reviews
Poor Daisy Dunnigton is her demanding mother's drudge. But one day, a letter came addressed to Daisy. As Daisy dreams all the possible lives she could have, she heads out the door to a more colorful future. Dear Daisy Dunnington is a book full of imagination and hope.
Wow! We've been watching you for weeks now, and we must admit: you're good. The way you can make yourself invisible! You must have been training for years in order to blend in so well with the walls. That trick of pretending to live with your mother is not bad either. Very clever indeed, to have her shouting loud that it covers up all the secret radio messages you must be sending. So congratulations on your skills, D. You make a fantastic secret agent. You will understand, though, that we would strongly urge you to come over to our side. We're sure you can crack the location code hidden in this message. We will be waiting for you at 1200 hours precisely. This letter will now self destruct.
About the Author
Mathilde Stein (1969) born and raised in The Netherlands, studied at the Arts Academy in France. After living in France for ten years, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she works as Course Director and Senior Lecturer Event management at the University of Central England.
Chuck Groenink (1982) graduated in 2004 from The School of Arts in Kampen. He published his first comic book in 2007, competing in the Belgium comic book contest Het Salon. At the age of 25 he won the Fiep Westendorp Stimulating Award for young promising illustrators. He lives in Portland. Dear Daisy Dunnington is his first picture book.