Some Daddies by Carol Gordon Ekster, illustrated by Javiera Mac-lean Alvarez

Some Daddies by Carol Gordon Ekster, illustrated by Javiera Mac-lean Alvarez. Beaming Books, 2022. 9781506460567

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Realistic picture book

What did you like about the book? Daddies of all stripes are depicted in this adorable picture book. No two are the same, as anyone with a daddy knows. Playful cartoon art depicts dads with many skin tones, abilities, facial hair configurations and habits. Some dads do classic activities, such as shooting hoops and helping a child learn to ride a bike, and other dads make smoothies, care for their kids and attend tea parties. There are dads with smooth chins, and those with beards “down to their bellies!”, some in wheelchairs, some who work from far away and some who appear to be elderly father figures. There’s an impressive array of shown, and they all are loving and present with their kids.

The quietly humorous artwork really makes the book, and little ones can narrate it from the illustrations alone. I like that it’s told in the second person, making the words direct and earnest to read.

Anything you didn’t like about it? There is no story here, but for families looking for an appreciative book for a new or newly adoptive father, this is a good bet.

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-6.

Who should buy this book? Daycare centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture 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: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: July 23, 2022

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