Previously Published as Mr. Daisy by M. Vattic
A 7’3″ substitute teacher with a talking flower growing out of his head comes to a small city to teach. The kindhearted giant changes the lives of those around him, and at the same time, he inadvertently learns from these new people to love himself and accept the accidental death of his younger sister.
Quincy Daisy is impossibly strong, incredibly large, and a seasoned substitute teacher. His closest friend is a cosmic entity that takes the form of a flower on his head. Together, they travel the world, teaching others to love themselves and one another.
He has arrived at Blue Diamond Elementary in the East Coast city of Almond Bay, where he will teach for an entire school year. In this city, he will be challenged by an odd assortment of colorful characters, including a trio of kindergarten students who aim to scare him away, a clumsy co-teacher who will unravel his emotions, and even a biker gang who seeks to take him down.
A whole year may be impossible, however. The longer he stays in one place, the worse his nightmares become. The death of his sister has hung over his neck like a guillotine since childhood. Because of this, he never has a home. If he wants to be free and truly happy, the teacher must become a student of those around him.
Meanwhile, Kari Hayes is a kindergartener with boundless energy known for pulling pranks and getting into mischief with her two closest friends. Her creativity is infinite, and her teachers are her greatest victims.
Life isn’t easy at home. Since her parents’ death, her brother, Kaleb, has been raising her independently. He works hard to make ends meet and to keep the two of them together. But it isn’t enough. With his inexperience and her headstrong attitude, they will be challenged by life and each other.