Don’t Dilly Dally, Silly Sally is a rhyming picture book for young children that provides a lesson on the importance of punctuality. Written by Marc Ferrari and colorfully illustrated by Felipe Diaz Huarnez, this charming tale easily captures the attention of children. It follows Sally who can’t be bothered to get ready on time. She is always making her parents late and is late to school and other events. My five-year-old daughter exclaimed, “She’s just like me!” and I heartily agreed. When Sally missed a friend’s birthday party that she had been very excited to attend, her sadness is easily understood. My daughter felt bad for her. She actually empathized with the character and this sparked a lot of dialogue between us.
Very often, she gets bored when I read to her. But not with this book. When it was bedtime, she “claimed” her new book and walked off to bed with it. I surreptitiously watched her place the book neatly by her bedside. Impressive.
She’s already made me read it to her again a few more times … but she still dawdles when it’s time to go.