Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers

Children - Social Issues
102 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2021
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Author Biography

Aish Moitra is a holistic coach focused on
delivering and serving people first, through
life’s constant challenges. Aish believes that if
anything, this world needs is an excess of love
and compassion. She also is convinced that
spreading happiness and joy is similar to the
river that caresses the rocks underneath which
eventually starts to not only become part of
the journey but also break free of
their hardened stance.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers by Aish Moitra, Tim is a timid 8-year-old boy whose parents seem to be too wrapped up in their own problems and lives to notice him. Tim finds comfort and friendship from his two imaginary friends, Danny and Anna, who are always there to offer support when his parents are too busy working or arguing with each other. When Tim has to face the first day back at school after the Easter holidays, he becomes really anxious because Danny and Anna are nowhere to be seen. Tim discovers that Danny and Anna were missing because they had to rescue a puppy in distress. They name the puppy Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers. Now they have another problem to solve. How can they manage to keep the puppy without Tim’s parents' knowledge? As Daggers settles nicely into his new home, Tim tries to ignore his parents' constant battles until one such argument leads to a shocking and upsetting situation that will throw Tim’s life into turmoil.

I found Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers very poignant and well-written. Aish Moitra has tacked child anxiety very intelligently with subtle signals around Tim’s behavior, for example, the loudness of the school bell, the itchiness of his skin, and the solace he finds in his imaginary world. The story also mentions some of Tim’s coping techniques, such as changing focus to something pleasant which I think would make a great discussion topic for adults and children to share. The story also highlights how sometimes parents can be so wrapped up in their own problems, they fail to notice warning signals from their children that all is not well. As the plot continues, we are also reminded that sometimes people's negative actions are not as they seem. This could also make a great discussion point around judging others, kindness, forgiveness, and understanding. The story moved forward continuously and I enjoyed the interesting plot twists regarding Tim’s parents' relationship. The characters were excellent and the dialogue was completely authentic for their ages and personalities. There were also some funny dialogue exchanges between the three friends and also great pearls of wisdom from Tim’s grandmother. I would definitely recommend this book is read by every child who is experiencing anxiety around changes in their lives or to help overcome a traumatic event.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Tim’s family is rather dysfunctional. His parents are always arguing, mostly about money; his mom works nights and his dad, when he does work, is gone all day. With no siblings and no one to reach out to at home, Tim has developed a shy, sensitive nature, one that doesn’t welcome friends at school. However, there are his two imaginary friends, Danny and Anna, and it’s these two imaginary friends that lead him to an abandoned puppy that they rescue and take home to Tim’s house. While Tim continues to struggle with his lonely emotions, which often cause him to break out in hives or have temper tantrums, he knows he can rely on Danny and Anna, and now the rescued puppy, Daisygingerrockets, aka Daggers.

Aish Moitra’s early chapter novel, Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers, is a heart-wrenching story that will have readers young and old wanting to reach out and offer warmth and love to one very lonely eight-year-old boy. The plot is well developed, following Tim’s daily routine of school and home life with parents who hardly notice he’s there. It’s a little confusing with the imaginary friends, as they appear to be real in that they attend school with Tim and they go to their own homes at the end of the day. The introduction of the rescued puppy complicates the plot further, but when Tim connects with the puppy, it’s definitely love at first sight for both Tim and the puppy – a touching moment. The characters are well developed, the author uses compelling, realistic dialogue, and the occasional colorful illustration moves the story along. This is a good read for the middle-grade audience and will help young readers deal with similar emotional issues.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers, penned by Aish Moitra and illustrated by Jamie Ashton, features a chain of events in Tim’s life. He never gets quality time with his parents as his mother is too preoccupied with her professional life. She would leave for work soon after Tim came home from school, not returning until after he had left for school the next morning. Although Tim’s father tries his best to take care of his son, the dysfunctional family life pressurizes him as well. Tim doesn’t have many friends, save for Anna and Danny, his two imaginary buddies. However, everything changes the day Daggers the puppy arrives. Rescuing and sheltering the stray puppy changes Tim’s life completely.

In this tale geared to a young audience, Aish Moitra does a marvelous job of reflecting on child psychology. She accurately describes how trauma from past painful memories can affect a child. A need to have an unwavering support system might make them conjure up imaginary companions. Moitra also demonstrates the far-reaching effects of stress on one’s health and its physical manifestations such as hives and body pain. The story alludes to having a proper work-life balance as well. Finding the puppy, naming him Daisygingerrockets (Dagger), and taking care of him seems to help Tim, explaining how pets can alleviate our depression. Ashton’s illustrations deftly capture the snippets of Tim’s life. Tim with Daisygingerrockets aka Daggers is a short yet poignant narrative that serves as an eye-opener, reminding us to ensure a nourishing and affectionate environment for a child.