Title: Things To Do With Dad
Author: Sam Zuppardi
Illustrator: Sam Zuppardi
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Book format: Paperback
Description: To Do: Wake Up, Make Breakfast,
Do The Chores, Have Fun!
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a very fun and rather simple picture book. This book is surprising as there are hardly any words at all and yet the story is told so well. The book starts with a boy and his father having fun making pancakes for breakfast. But then Dad looks over at the list of things to do, such as wash the dishes, hoover the carpets, etc. The dad sets off on completing his to-do list and with every double page you see him washing the dishes, for example, while his son plays separately from him, but in the same room. The boy tries desperately to get his dad’s attention but his dad, even though smiling at his son, keeps on doing his chores.
It’s hard not to give away the rest of the book but it is such a simple idea it’s impossible not to. The boy decides to resolve the problem by re-writing his dad’s chore list and calling it ‘Things to do with Dad’. After that the chores are still done but at the same time the dad and son can play and have fun such as exploring the jungle, instead of watering the plants.
This book is very fun and a perfect gift to give/share for Father’s Day. The book has thick and glossy pages with some great illustrations that are very simple, looking like kids drawings, and yet hold some fun details too. I really like this book, it’s really a feel good story, so simple and yet the dad and son having fun while still doing the chores can remind both kids and their parents how much fun it can be to do the small things if you make them into an adventure. The fact this book has no words other than the chores listed makes this extra special too as it shows just how powerful some simple images can be. I’d definitely recommend this book whether for Father’s Day or just any day of the year. It doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids with dads either!
-Review first appeared online May 2017 – now republished here.
What do you think of this book? Are there any special things you or your children like to do on Father’s Day? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂