This is My Daddy! – written and illustrated by Mies Van Hout

 This is My Daddy! – written and illustrated by Mies Van Hout, Pajama Press, 9781772781120, 2020, originally published 2019 in The Netherlands

Format: Board book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  A fun interactive story with funny animal challenges.   The first double page spread is “Who is my Daddy?” with a baby animal and four daddy animal choices on the other side.  Then, when you turn the page is a large two page spread of baby and daddy animal, exclaiming: “This is my Daddy!”   The first being a frog, then you will find a snail, rhino, beaver, butterfly, hedgehog, tiger, and then a great surprise at the end.  The bright, colorful characters and playful storyline celebrate the bond of father and child. It is sure to engage young children, and support their abilities to notice details, think critically, and predict what will come.

The artwork is created with acrylic ink, oil pastels, and gouache on colored paper.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  no

To whom would you recommend this book?  A wonderful book for fathers to share with their sons.  And a great read aloud for PreK-K to build observational skills and have fun together.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  August 20, 2020

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