Daisy Saves the Day

By Shirley Hughes

The latest picture book from one of the world's best-loved illustrators for children.

This charming picture book from the much-loved and award-winning Shirley Hughes tells the story of Daisy Dobbs – a young girl who works in London during the coronation of George V. When Daisy starts as a scullery maid in a grand house, she works as hard as she can to try and please her kindly employers. But her greatest day comes when disaster strikes, and only Daisy can save the day...

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 5+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406348996
  • Published: 04 Sep 2014
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 270 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'The indomitable Shirley Hughes knows how to tell a story and has never left it to her beguiling pictures to do all the work. Her new book, Daisy Saves the Day draws the reader in immediately to sympathise with little Daisy sent off to be a maid without any natural talent for housework. Daisy is employed by two elderly English ladies who are visited by their dashing American niece. (You can somehow guess that she is a Yank from her audacious purple suit.) Daisy's fortunes plummet then prosper, and by the end of the picture book you will feel as well-fed as if you had finished an entire and enjoyable novel.' Observer

'Charming' Bookseller Children’s Guide

''Daisy Saves the Day' is a perfect choice for classes looking at life before and after the Great War. It may provoke questions about life and access to education at the beginning of the twentieth century.' Just Imagine

'This feminist tale of social mobility – from the author of Dogger and the Alfie stories – is the ultimate comfort read . . . a delightful introduction to the history of class and the importance of education.' The Times

'A typically appealing story of goodwill and kindness and Hughes’ illustrations are as atmospheric and engaging as ever.' The Chronicle (Newcastle), Daily Post (North Wales), Evening News (Teeside) and the South Wales Echo

'Loved, loved this book!' babybuzz Magazine

'It's wonderful to see a new book from the brilliant Shirley Hughes and her nostalgic style is perfect for a book with a historical background. . . Yet again, Shirley Hughes has brought us a gem of a book.' Parents in Touch

'Nostalgic in all the right ways.' The Book Bag

'Charming' baby & me

'Evocative storytelling at its best.' Little London

'One of the country’s best loved children’s authors . . . a poignant and charming story.' Made for Mums

'Touching, colourful and a good story to read to the sixes-plus' Newbury Weekly News

'A lovingly detailed evocation of Edwardian domestic life . . . a vivid way to bring history alive for young readers' The School Librarian

'The traditional storytelling of Shirley Hughes comes as a calming breathe of fresh air… the Upstairs Downstairs world of a scullery maid' The Herald (Glasgow)

'A charming story of life “below stairs” with the delightful Daisy reminding me of the resourceful heroines of my Bunty-reading days! Hughes’ fluid, energetic brushstrokes and glorious sense of colour animate the pages, capturing Daisy’s situation in seemingly effortless vignettes, alternating with wonderfully dramatic double spreads. Highly recommended.' Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Read

'An accurate evocation of the period' Carousel

'A books to be read over and over ' Books for Keeps

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