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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  953 ratings  ·  195 reviews
From popular author Ame Dyckman and rising star Charles Santoso comes the laugh-out-loud story of a father desperate to destroy the dandelion marring his perfectly manicured lawn, and his daughter's fierce attempts to save it.

When Daddy spots a solitary weed in his lawn, he's appalled (along with all of his neighborhood friends). But his daughter Sweetie has fallen in lov
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: intense cuteness
This book will kill you with cuteness. It is adorable. The story is simple and somehow rings very true.

The story is set in a yard with a dad and his daughter. The father takes his lawn very seriously. All the other dads do too. One day, a dandelion appears in his yard. Dad is about to wack it down and the other dads in the neighborhood see it too and they are yelling at him to exterminate it, but as dad is about to take it down, his daughter is there, loving it and she names it. Now, the dad ca
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

A bright and colourful children’s book that had us laughing out loud!

Daddy comes out of his house to find a dandelion in the middle of his perfectly manicured lawn. Ready to dig it out, Daddy is stopped by his daughter, Sweetie, who has fallen in love with this flower, naming it Charlotte. Daddy tries to outsmart Sweetie by sneaking out to get rid of the weed, but Sweetie beats him to save Charlotte every time.

My three and five-year-old were in fits of giggles and laughter while flippin
During the Easter Sunday message, our pastor suggested that, in the spirit of making something new happen, the flower of Easter be changed from the lily to the dandelion. At the look of surprise on people's faces, he went on to talk about how the "flower" is nearly impossible to kill - it keeps coming back (resurrection), it's disliked and unappreciated by many, while others find it beautiful. Then I came home and read this amazing picture book and I got a little emotional... The father in the s ...more
This is adorable and it made me laugh out loud. As a dandelion lover, I support this book whole-heartedly.
La Coccinelle
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is pretty stinking cute.

A leonine family's suburban utopia is marred by the appearance of a single dandelion in the yard. *gasp!* But before Daddy can get to it, his daughter Sweetie has already fallen in love with the flower... and even named it. Daddy tries in vain to get rid of Charlotte, but it seems that Sweetie is always around. By the time he finally gets his chance, he's not so sure anymore... because he knows how much Charlotte means to his daughter.

With touches of humour, this swe
Mid-Continent Public Library
Daddy takes pride in two things, his lawn, and his little girl. When Sweetie finds a dandelion, she decides to name it Charlotte and take care of it as if it were her own. Full of repetition that little ones can help with, this is a story that all ages are sure to love. Enjoy this Missouri 2020 Building Block Nominee by checking out a copy on or searching for it on Overdrive! – Reviewed by Stephanie at MCPL Reading Rocket
Rod Brown
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simply adorable. Not only is this irresistible to fathers like me who have a daughter (now grown, but still!), but I can totally use it to justify the presence of the dandelions currently popping up on my lawn. Win win!
Shaye Miller
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With such humorous artwork, we witness a poor Daddy having to choose between his need for a perfect lawn and his love for his daughter. Oh my goodness, this is soooo funny! I can’t wait to share this one with my mom (who has photos of me, as a toddler, blowing dandelion seeds everywhere). The illustrations for this book were done digitally with handmade pencil textures on top.

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Devera Chandler
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy. This book is the best picture book I have read in a very long time. It is humorous (and very accurate about the Daddies and their lawns.) It is heartwarming (especially in regards to how little girls get attached to the most unusual things) and brings so much joy when you see what a parent will do and sacrifice for their little one. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Then buy a copy of it. Then buy a copy of it for every baby shower you attend in the future. Then do yourself a favor ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Being the nerd I am, I called my dad to show him too. No shame.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful! This may very well be my favorite picture book I've read this year! ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
What fathers do for daughters.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: K-3

Do you have a dad who likes to keep your yard in perfect condition? What about a whole neighborhood? This is how the daddy lion and the rest of the neighborhood is... that is until a dandelion (a weed) pops up in daddy lion's yard. As he is rushing out to the yard with the clippers to get rid of it his daughter, Sweetie, has already named it Charlotte and they are best friends. Getting pressure from all the neighbors he tries to get rid of it during reading time, during nap ti
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddo-books
The quintessential Dad finds a weed in his perfect lawn and flips out, he must get rid of it! His lawn is his status in this neighborhood. His life, his soul, his hard work all hinge on not having any monstrous weeds in his lawn. A Dandelion pops up on the afternoon. Scandalous! Unfortunately, his daughter sweetie got to the weed first, and she has named it and made it her best friend.

Every time Dad goes to kill this weed, and restore the honor his yard deserves, sweetie is right there preventi
My son and I have been reading Dyckman's books for a couple years now and love Wolfie the Bunny and this book seemed in the same vein as that, so I knew I wanted to read it. It was a very cutesy and understatedly hilarious book about what really matters in life. Sweetie, Daddy's only child, has made a friend who just happens to be a weed named Charlotte that her dad wants to get rid of, which he tries to at every possible opportunity. When his daughter is off at swim practice, him and the other ...more
Raven Black
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The interesting part of this book is, while it has Ame D. all over it, at the same time it does not feel like her other books. That, I think, is due to Santos's illustration. They "tame down" her quirkyness. And even though it is nice to see a "daddy/daughter" story, I'm with the original feeling about the dandelion: Charlotte.... I mean the dandelion.... must go (With that said, yes, I played with them, too, as a child, but my family was less than supportive about it.... Nobody wanted their law ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dads reading to their daughters
Recommended to Adele by: Rod Brown
This is a sweet story and the pictures are cute. There are lots of nice little details to look at and compare between the opening and closing spreads. So why only 3 stars? I felt like there was something about the art I couldn't put my finger on, and then I read that the pictures were created digitally with hand-drawn pencil textures on top. And, well, they look like you would expect something done that way to look - kind of commercialized and manufactured. Also, the meanness of the neighbors an ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun and heartwarming story about a Dad whose little girl makes friends with the *gasp* weed in his otherwise immaculate front lawn. Pressured by the neighbors to pull it up, he tries again and again to remove it, going to creative and silly lengths to sneak out while his daughter is preoccupied. He fails each time, as his daughter is a fierce protector of her new friend.

The illustrations communicate with the reader at the same pace as the prose and the moral of the story is a soft lob, receiv
Jen Betton
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Hilarious and charming at the same time - this book is a beautiful example of simplicity and structure in storytelling - using spare text for great impact. When Daddy finds a dandelion on his perfect lawn, he knows what to do... except it turns out this pernicious weed is the flower Charlotte, his daughter Sweetie's new friend. Daddy's antics as he tries to get around Sweetie to remove Charlotte are quite funny, and the ending heartwarming. ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone will love the lively pictures and cute back-and-forth between characters, and parents and storytime leaders will love the extra layer of meaning and message about love and recognizing what's important. ...more
Michele Knott
Yup. A parent’s love runs deeper than dandelions. Love this one!
Oh the things daddies will do for their daughters.... even leave weeds on the lawn.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best and funniest book I have ever read!
Stacia Leigh
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new favorite and a good one for all the dad's out there. Reminds me of the Father's Day "Dad's Life" video:
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book about the dandelion problem. It changes your view.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daddy just can't bring himself to get rid of the dandelion while Sweetie is around. And she's ALWAYS around! ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adore! Can’t wait to add to
My spring book unit!
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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First I would like to thank Hachette Books Canada for sending me a copy of this book for review! Honestly this was such a cute story, I think that both children and adults would get something out of this in one way or another.

I loved the fact that when you're reading the story, you see how something as simple as a dandelion could mean so much to a child and how her father would do everything in his power to get rid of this dandelion, but
Kirsti Call
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Daddy spied something scary on his perfect lawn.  
He ran for his clippers...
But he was too late."

In Dandy, Daddy Lion tries to get rid of a dandelion that mars his perfect yard.  But his daughter thwarts him at every turn since the weed is now her best friend.  Hilarious and heartwarming and filled with realistic scenarios, this is a laugh-out-loud read aloud. Charles Santoso's art enhances the already funny words to create the ideal mentor text.  Ame manages to cleverly cover themes of family,
Stefanie Burns
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daddy's little sweetie picks a little flower to love. Only it's not a little flower. It's a weed. Daddy takes great pride in his yard and wants this weed removed. Immediately. But everytime he turns around to take care of the week, there's Sweetie, sitting with her favorite thing. Finally, Daddy decides to keep the weed for Sweetie. Then horror strikes. His clippers fall out of his hand and cut the weed! Poor Sweetie sobs with disappointment and heartache. Daddy makes it up to her by letting wee ...more
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