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Monday 2 December 2013

Review: Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie

A lazy cow, a fancy pig, a busy chook and a cranky dog. The animals on this farm have some issues, but that’s okay. They all sleep well and they seem happy enough (well, except for Frankie the cranky dog).

Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie is a wonderful read-out-loud farm story with a twist. Children will be giggling at the strange antics of the farm animals and the rhyming text offers lots of potential for dramatic delivery. Our family favourite is the pig called Nancy, who doesn’t like mud because she’s too fancy. We read her introduction with an upper class tone that has us laughing every time.

Older children and parents will also get a kick out of reading the author and illustrator bios. Apparently, Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie was written by a mid-sized Merino sheep (‘Pat her, she’s fluffy.) with illustrations by an Angus beef cow who enjoys cud and grazing. It's entirely possible that Mary Ellen Jordan and Andrew Weldon may be stretching the truth a little with these descriptions.

Originally published in hard cover in 2011, Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie is now available in a soft cover edition.

Title: Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie
Author: Mary Ellen Jordan
Illustrator: Andrew Weldon
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2013
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9781743316436
For ages: 2-6
Type: Picture Book