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. Volume XII Number 18 . . . .May 12, 2006
Queen Daisy would be an ideal queen if only it were not for her troublesome feet. The queen’s feet have a mind all of their own, and Queen Daisy is forever getting in trouble because of them. The trouble comes to a head when King Marvin visits from a neighbouring kingdom. Queen Daisy’s feet cannot stand King Marvin’s bullying way. The queen’s feet feel as though they are being stepped on. Unable to stand it for a moment longer, Queen Daisy’s feet do the unthinkable and kick the visiting king in the ankle. One can imagine the trouble such unruly behaviour creates.
Sarah Ellis’ brief, understated text allows the reader to enjoy kicking up one’s heels and dancing along with the queen as she navigates the challenges of a royal rule. The whimsical illustrations complement the playful text. Quite appropriately, the artist, Dušan Petricic, focuses on the characters’ feet. Indeed, almost all of the illustrations are below-the-knee images. It is not until the final few pages that we see anything more of Queen Daisy than her well-formed calves and those mischievous feet. It makes for an unusual, albeit interesting perspective. Petricic’s pen and ink sketches are coloured with watercolour and the abundance of colour adds to the bright text in further emphasizing Queen Daisy’s vibrant nature.
One can only wonder at what strife we might be in if the leaders of the world all had such unruly feet as Queen Daisy. Then again, perhaps a set of playful feet is just the thing that our leaders do need.
No one is supposed to take this book too seriously. Rather, put the feet up and enjoy a lightweight, playful frolic with Queen Daisy.
Gregory Bryan works in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.
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