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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Meet Fantastic Daisy Artichoke. She's got three fat cats we like to stroke and a pond in which she likes to soak. . . . She isn't quite like other folk!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 1999)
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Iqra Fiaz
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A lovely story with rhyme throughout.
Would use this with younger readers when beginning to look at rhyming words.
The illustrations are fun and engaging.
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Fantastic Daisy Artichoke is a free spirit, land loving hippy who's way of life fascinates two young childern.

'Her raven with its awful croak
Her pig that almost never woke'

A good phonics resource with a rhyming text. Rime endings with 'oke' and 'oak' are used consistently throughout.
Cassandra Gelvin
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
At least she doesn't like to smoke.

Originally published at

It's an interesting idea in that the whole book is a poem where all the lines end with something that rhymes with "oak." 'Woke', 'broke', 'artichoke'. Of course, Quentin Blake is a great poet and everything's in good meter and rhythm, and there's no slant rhymes. But he does have to stretch occasionally, like with "The iron stove she liked to stoke."

The story is two children remembering their
Charlotte Stafford
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Great fun illustrations in this picture book by Quentin Blake. Like other books of his, the illustrations are fun and wacky as is Daisy Artichoke. The children in the story follow Daisy Artichoke as she shows them her way of life- I think the children would take great pleasure in following Daisy’s story just like the children in the book. The story is simplistic and could be a good resource for rhyming and phonics.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Helen by: Rachel &CC
Magical, glorious book!
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
We all know a Daisy Artichoke. Good for rhyme. Younger readers. Always love QB illustrations.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic Daisy Artichoke is about a woman called who is free spirited and loves nature. She shows two young children throughout the story her way of life. The children in the story are fascinated by the way daisy lives and describes what she shows them e.g. 'Her raven with its awful croak, Her pig that almost never woke'

This book could be used in the EYFS. Rhyme is used throughout the book with which children are able to predict which rhyming word will be used, or to think of their own rhyming
Same rhythm as Mr Magnolia but without the pizazz. Some of the rhymes seem forced. Also features my pet hate of picture books for young 'uns, speech bubbles - they're impossible to read aloud. Of course the illustrations are wonderful as always with QB. And I love an eccentric, independent, energetic female protagonist. I wish he'd done slightly better by her.
Lovely - about an unusual lady Daisy Artichoke.

Worked OK as a read aloud.
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I got in England a few years ago so it probably isn't available over here.
C Wharton
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
Daisy Artichoke is indeed very fantastic!!
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this simple children's book about odd Miss Daisy Artichoke! Quentin Blake's artwork is, of course, wonderful. The story is simplistic and encouraging.
Damera Blincoe
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved. Great book with lots of rhyming words. Really good for storytime.
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Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE, FCSD, RDI, is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's author, well known for his collaborations with writer Roald Dahl.

Blake was educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. His English teacher, JH Walsh, influenced his ambition to become involved in literature. His first published drawing was for the satirical magazine Punch, at the age of 16. He