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REVIEW: You Made Me a Dad by Laurenne Sala

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Title: You Made Me a Dad

Author: Laurenne Sala | Illustrator: Mike Malbrough

Publisher: Harper | Published: May 7, 2019

Theme:  Fatherhood

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis: A picture book for expectant fathers and already-fathers everywhere created by the author of You Made Me a Mother, Laurenne Sala, and the Marigold Bakes a Cake author-illustrator, Mike Malbrough.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance.

Laurenne Sala’s tranquil text, accompanied by Mike Malbrough’s tender watercolor illustrations, creates a warm look at the joys, fears, and responsibilities of being a dad over the years.

My thoughts…

Where do I start? There are so many great things about this book. I got all the feels reading it. The family is biracial which is always refreshing to see in picture books. The narrator tells a love story from a dad to his daughter starting in utero through childhood. It takes you on a journey of a father’s affection for his daughter. Little girls really need to hear how much they are loved by their fathers as often as possible. I LOVE that it’s told from a dad’s perspective. 

Malbrough’s illustrations were so heartwarming. They told their own beautiful story. There is a nice flow to the text and aligns well with the accompanying imagery. This is a fabulous way for a daddy and daughter to connect at bedtime. It is also an awesome birthday present for a little girl. Let me just say that this book verbalizes what daddies have a hard time telling their little girls. It is a must read! 

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REVIEW: The Day I Swapped by Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

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Title: The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish

Author: Neil Gaiman | Illustrator: Dave McKean

Publisher: HarperCollins | Published: September 26, 2006

Theme:  Father

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 64

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.8 | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis: The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is a hilarious adventure and was the first book for younger readers from the acclaimed author and illustrator of the New York Times best-sellers The Wolves in the Walls and Coraline. Chosen as one of Newsweek magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is beloved by readers of all ages. This new edition features brand-new jacket art and an afterword by the author on the origins of this unique and wonderfully funny story.

My thoughts…

Mmm…I didn’t like this book. I know repetition drives home a point, but in this case, I was overkill. The book is longer than other picture books, but to my chagrin, I was hard-pressed to know why. There really wasn’t any substance to this story. I hate that that book’s information is overshadowed by the illustrations on the page. You simply can’t read it.

McKean’s illustrations were the highlight of the entire book. His drawings were a think beauty and had a retro feel to them. The background provided a rich color contrast and character to the page. The callouts make sense for this book. I did like the font choice, which I believe may be handwritten. There are parts of this book that are quirky and downright silly but will surely appeal to some readers.

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