A Ball for Daisy

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A Ball for Daisy
Chris Raschka - A Ball for Daisy.jpeg
Author Chris Raschka
Illustrator Chris Raschka
Language English
Publisher Schwartz & Wade
Publication date
May 10, 2011
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 32
ISBN 978-0-375-85861-1
OCLC 649926186
LC Class PZ7.R1814 Bal 2011

A Ball for Daisy is a 2011 children's picture book written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Raschka won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in the book.[1]


Over fifty books were illustrated by Chris Raschka. He not only illustrated children's books for other authors but then illustrated his own books. Raschka's illustrating technique uses oil or crayon to visually amuse the audience/reader. He uses many different and vibrant colours to capture the reaction that he desires.

Plot summary[edit]

A Ball for Daisy is a children's picture book that tells the story of a white dog named Daisy and her favourite ball. Daisy is so obsessed with the ball that he takes it everywhere with her, sleeps with it and overall has to be near it constantly. As the owner takes Daisy out for a walk one day, her ball gets snatched by a fellow, brown dog wanting to play. Daisy tried her hardest to get her ball back but the other dog insisted on playing with it. Although the other dog had no spiteful intentions he popped the ball by accident. During this devastating moment, Daisy became very disappointed. The owner threw the ball in the trash and took Daisy home. For the next while the Daisy acted depressed and lonely. Daisy's owner took her for another walk and on the walk they saw the same dog that popped Daisy's ball but this time that dog had a shiny new blue ball. The other dog gave the new, blue ball to Daisy, which made her very happy.


  • National Center for Children (2012). "Chris Raschka," "National Center for Children", Scholastic (2013). "Chris Raschka." Scholastic Online.
Preceded by
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
This Is Not My Hat