by Don Freeman

Penguin/Puffin; June 1977; $5.99 PA


Core Audience: Children 3-7 and classic children’s book lovers

Strengths: A classic story for all ages about the dangers of taking yourself too seriously

When Dandelion receives an invite to Jennifer Giraffe’s tea and taffy party, he feels he should look as snazzy as possible. So he buys himself a new suit, gets his hair done in the latest style, and buys himself some fancy new boots. In fact he is so snazzy he hardly recognizes himself.

And neither does Jennifer Giraffe.

When she shuts the door in his face, he is heartbroken. But when a rainstorm blows up, Dandelion’s new look is taken down a notch, and he gets into the party after all.

This book’s gentle and humorous message about vanity and being yourself never goes out of style. The three color artwork stands up brilliantly after all these years, and is a testament to the power of strong lines and great design. This book will appeal equally to young readers and lovers of great children’s book art and design.

If you’ve yet to discover the charms of Dandelion, you’ve a treat in store.

Rated: 9.5