Saturday, June 13, 2009

Picture Book Saturday: Father's Day edition

I've been accumulating reviews on daddy books to post about just in time for Father's Day, giving you all a little bit of time to track them down and make them a good read for your kids and their daddy. Hopefully you'll find something that appeals to you!

Don't miss the giveaway link at the end of the post!

When Papa Comes Home Tonight, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by David McPhail has been written 10 whole years after the famed When Mama Comes Home Tonight. We finally get a daddy edition!

Going through all of a father and son's rituals after Papa arrives home from work, the reader gets to see a sweet connection between the pair. From cooking dinner to washing dishes to playtime, storytime, and finally bedtime, another beautiful story perfect for a one-on-one read aloud with daddy's and kids.

The illustrations are nice and soft and the text, rhythmic, making this a nice bedtime book.

When Papa Comes Home Tonight
Eileen Spinelli
32 pages
Picture Book
Simon & Schuster
April 2009

Grizzly Dad, written and illustrated by Joanna Harrison is a wonderful book describing what happens when your child's dad is feeling a little bit grumpy.

What happens when dad is in a grizzly mood? Well, he turns into a bear! And a young boy has to learn how to take care of a mess-making, stinky-breath, starving, complaining, grizzly bear!

Very cute with gorgeous illustrations, this one would make a wonderful family read aloud (with dad doing bear voices of course!). A nice choice for libraries and home shelves.

Grizzly Dad
Joanna Harrison
32 pages
Picture Books
David Fickling Books
May 2009

Say Daddy!, written by Michael Shoulders and illustrated by Teri Weidner is another "bear" focused book, but only with the characters this time around.

As a family each reads a baby a book, he or she really wants the baby's first word to be their own name. "Say mommy!" "Say daddy!" "Say Grace!" But the little baby really has his own first word in mind...and it's a very cute one!!

I would give this adorable book to everyone I know having a baby shower or with a little one at home. It's so sweet in the descriptions and illustrations and the end will have you giggling. Lovely!

You can win a copy of this one here!!!

Say Daddy!
Michael Shoulders
30 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
February 2009

And finally we have My Daddy Likes to Say by Denise Brennan-Nelson and illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan. Now, I'm being a little sneaky with this's not quite a picture book, but it fit well with the post, so I wanted to include it. This one will be for your older kiddos, instead of the little ones.

Filled with poems that describe silly sayings that daddy's often say, ones that can be confusing to young one's mind, and the explanation as to where the saying came from, this is really a cool, unique book.

Did you ever wonder where the saying "wipe that smile off your face" came from? Or "you're driving me up a wall?" Or what about "the buck stops here?" You'll find explanations for all of these, paired with some really nice illustrations.

So I cheated, it's not a picture book, it's still a fun choice and nice for fathers and their children to read together this Father's Day!

You can win a copy of this one here!!

My Daddy Likes to Say
Denise Brennan-Nelson
32 pages
Sleeping Bear Press
April 2009

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