Community service announcement: there are just two weeks and two days until Father’s Day. (In Australia.)
Earlier this week, I shared some of the presents we’ve already gotten my husband. (It’s okay. No spoiler alert. He already knows.)
But every year, we also get him a book. (Spoiler alert. Cameron, if you’re reading this, STOP. You can read it in two weeks and three days. Thanks for dropping by.)
Not a book just for him, but a new daddy-themed picture book to read with the kids.
Some years, finding the perfect book is difficult. There are a lot of dad picture books that just don’t hit the mark.
This year, however, finding the perfect book was a cinch. I went shopping. This book was the first to catch my eye. I flicked through it. I smiled. I chuckled. I awwwwwed.
I bought it.
Amazing Daddy / Rachel Bright
(Orchard Books, 2016)
Just in case my intro wasn’t spoilery enough for you, here’s my verdict: Amazing Daddy is a WINNER!
First, the stars of the book are panda bears. Who doesn’t love panda bears? We learn all about a daddy panda bear as his child lists all the lovable things about him.
Second, the language is perfect. Some books are too cutesy-poo. Some aren’t cute enough. Amazing Daddy straddles the divide with ease. And it nails the language. It speaks toddler without speaking down, and includes some lovely turns of phrase, including ‘he smells of safe and warm’ and ‘the naughty person step’.
Third, it captures many of the things that our family does, both in the writing and in the illustrations. Just like the pandas, in our family it’s dad who bakes a big pile of pancakes most Sunday mornings. And it’s dad the kids call at work because ‘he’s probably missing us’. And it’s dad who is the chief carrier of tired little people.
In fact, I should probably track down Rachel Bright. It sounds like she’s been spying on our family!
If you need another awwwwwdorable daddy-themed title in your children’s book collection, look no further than Amazing Daddy. Highly recommended for kids aged born and up, particularly those who have no filter when talking to, or about, their daddies.
Have you read Amazing Daddy? What did you think?
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