Out and About with Mitchell & Dad by Hallie Durand, illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick, 2020. 9781536213041
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? The two previously published stories about Mitchell and his dad are combined in one volume. In “Mitchell Goes Driving” (previously titled Mitchell’s License), three year old Mitchell never wanted to go to bed, until his dad said he could drive there – and Dad is the car! Kids will delight in all the ways that Mitchell is in control of his car, from cleaning the windshield (dad’s glasses), to taking hairpin turns around the sofa, to trying to fill up the gas (with cookies). Mom looks on with amusement, but it’s clearly a dad and kid activity. In “Mitchell Goes Bowling”, now four year old Mitchell is introduced to bowling, since he loves to knock things down. Dad shows Mitchell how bowling works, but Mitchell is frustrated by missing most of the pins most of the time. Dad comes through once again by suggesting that they play on the same team, and they both win.
Fucile’s digital art seems hand drawn, and is playful, retro and very affectionate in portraying a kid and his white dad and brown skinned mom. He combines panels with full spreads, and adds lots of dramatic embellishments to show the action. These are lovely, warm stories that are equally good for story time and family enjoyment.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 3-5, for readers who enjoy warm, humorous realistic stories.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: September 21, 2020