What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Jessica Meserve and Steve Voake

h1 July 29th, 2011 by jules


“‘What d’you think, Daisy? D’you think we’ll be ready to ride on the wobblers?’
Daisy smiled. ‘There’s only one way to find out,’ she said.”

This morning over at Kirkus, I’m highlighting two new picture books, one featuring Indian-American protagonists and another one that tells a story from Indian folklore. (In the case of the latter, two words: Gerald McDermott. All you gotta know, right?) That link is here this morning. (AND, if you’re so inclined to take a fun quiz, my QRANK quiz, all about the beloved pets of children’s lit, is up today at this link. Yes, there’s a Ribsy sighting!)

If you missed last week’s column, I wrote about Steve Voake’s Daisy Dawson early chapter-book series (Candlewick), which—as I said last week—I think flies entirely too under the radar. That link is here.

And today I share some art from the series. The cover and interior illustrations for the series are done by Canadian author and illustrator and former children’s book designer, Jessica Meserve. (I think some of these spreads may be slightly different from the ones in the U.S. editions of the books, since they are originally released in the UK before being released here, but that makes these spreads all the more interesting, I say. In fact, clearly these come from the UK editions, since you’ll see “wobblers” up above, though in the U.S. edition, it says, “D’you think we’ll be ready to ride the blue uppy-downy things?”)

That spread, by the way, is from the newest title in the series, Daisy Dawson at the Beach, released here in the States in April.

Enjoy Ms. Meserve’s art. Until later…


“‘Daisy, don’t dawdle!’ called her mother as Daisy Dawson ambled out into the sunshine and stopped to pick up a worm that was stranded on the path.
‘Miss Frink said you were late three times last week!’”

From book No. 1, Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way! (First U.S. edition, 2008)


“On her way home from school that afternoon, Daisy saw Meadowsweet
grazing in the farmer’s field and stopped to talk to her.”

From book No. 2, Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond (First U.S. edition, 2009)


“Daisy stepped out through the doors and felt the snow crunch beneath her feet.”
From book No. 3, Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze (First U.S. edition, 2010)

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DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY!. Text copyright © 2007 by Steve Voake. Illustrations copyright © 2007 by Jessica Meserve. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books, London.

DAISY DAWSON AND THE SECRET POND. Text copyright © 2009 by Steve Voake. Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Jessica Meserve. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books, London.

DAISY DAWSON AND THE BIG FREEZE. Text copyright © 2009 by Steve Voake. Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Jessica Meserve. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books, London.

DAISY DAWSON AT THE BEACH. Text copyright © 2011 by Steve Voake. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Jessica Meserve. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books, London.

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3 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week,
Featuring Jessica Meserve and Steve Voake”

  1. Thanks so much for all your kind words about Daisy Dawson – I love reading your blog and feel very honoured for Daisy to be a part of it.
    Best wishes
    Steve Voake


  2. I thank you again for recommending Daisy Dawson to me through your blog!

    I’ll be offline tomorrow – Might I post my kicks now?
    1) Play rehearsals
    2) Auditioned for an animated show
    3) Auditioned for a festival of new plays
    4 and 5) A piece I wrote was accepted into a monologue competition – and I’ll be performing the piece, so this gets two kicks, as writer and actress
    6) Cocoa
    7) Cheese


  3. Yes, I’ll even copy them into the kicks post, LW! Congrats on #4s and 5! WOOT!

    Steve, my pleasure — entirely.


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