Picture Book Review: Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey

Book Review, Picture Books


Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey, illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan

Age Range: 4 – 9 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 4 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: Exisle Publishing (October 1, 2015)


About Dandelions:

Beautifully explores the father daughter bond. A little girl notices her father mowing the lawn — in the process destroying her favorite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she’s too late, they’re all gone. There’s nothing for it: she’s just going to have to sit outside and wait until they grow back! But fortunately, Dad has another idea.

Taking her hand, he leads her to the front step, and there, nestled in a crack in the concrete, are two tiny dandelion puff balls. Father and daughter each blow as hard as they can, and the tiny dandelion parachutes spiral and spin, up, up and away, spreading their seeds to create new generations of dandelions far and wide. Father and daughter lie down together on the grass, watching as they whirl and twirl through the air. Perfect for readers aged 4-9, this is a book that will be cherished by families and recommended by teachers and librarians.


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About the Author and Illustrator:

Katrina McKelvey is an author, former primary school teacher, and mother of two. She is passionate about inspiring a love of all things literary in kids of all ages. She is a president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Check out her website.

Kirrili Lonergan is an illustrator and a mother of four. She was born and raised in Newcastle and has loved drawing and communicating visually from an early age. She is a former paediatric nurse, whose illustrations display a profound understanding of the needs of children. Check her out on Facebook.


Our Thoughts on Dandelions:

A young girl asks her Dad to stop mowing the lawn because he is cutting down all her dandelions. They find a patch that hasn’t been cut down and explore the beauty of the flower together. They talk about all the places the seeds could blow to. This is a sweet book about a girl and her father, connecting over something as simple as a dandelion seed.

I love seeing picture books with dads in them. Moms are almost always in picture books, but it’s only been in recent years that dads have started making regular appearances. This book does a good job of depicting a father and daughter bonding together. It’s very sweet. The whimsical illustrations are also beautiful. Dandelions is an all-around feel good book.


Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from Jennifer Prost Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.

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