Title: Father’s Day
Author: Shirley Hughes
Illustrator: Shirley hughes
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
Description: A heart-warming story about moments with Dad by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a lovely book to share on Father’s Day. About A5 in size this hardback is filled with thick glossy pages with both illustrations and some text. The story is a fun and simple one although it didn’t feel as special as the story in ‘Mother’s Day’ did.
The story begins with the girl telling us how she loves to spend time with her dad, she then goes on to show us the different ways in which she spends time with her dad, including greeting him in bed and talking to him wherever they go together. There is then a special day, which is supposed to be Father’s Day, where the family spend some time at the beach before returning home where her dad spends more time with her. While this tale is a simple one, and it does have some lovely and special moments, it just didn’t feel as satisfying and sweet to read as the book ‘Mother’s Day’ did.
The illustrations are lovely and I am really starting to enjoy Shirley Hughes unique style. I love all of the images especially the expressions on the parents faces and the way the cat looks when there’s mention of a bath! The illustrations are what make this book so fun and the show the sweet moments the girl has with her dad. Unfortunately for me the story just felt a little bit lacking. The special day that the family spend at the beach isn’t mentioned to be Father’s Day and just feels like it could be any special day. I’m also aware from reading other reviews that parts of the book are recycled from previous stories so perhaps that’s why it doesn’t fit that well for me.
Despite my criticisms though, this book is still lovely to read and if, like me, you haven’t read many of Shirley Hughes previous books then this will all be new to you. The book still shows the lovely relationship between father and child and it’s a lovely gift to share with dads on Father’s Day.
Do you like this book? What special things do you like to do on Father’s Day? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂