Indeed, with a dad like this by a child’s side, there is little that cannot be accomplished.

DAD BY MY SIDE

In her debut, Soosh celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter.

The cover illustration sets the tone: A beefy, bearded man, shirt riding up and showing back hair, lies on his belly on the floor reading the paper. Lounging on his lower back is his tiny daughter, who’s playing with her doll. The text opens, “With Dad by my side, / there’s nothing we can’t do.” Illustrations and text go hand in hand: “He’s not afraid to look silly” is paired with a picture of the two with hula hoops around their waists, his so tight it’s like a belt. They cook, sew, cuddle, tell stories, play games. In a superhero costume, he protects his sleeping daughter from the monsters under the bed. He measures her height on the wall, does her hair, and keeps in touch while traveling, never missing a lullaby or failing to make time for her. In the watercolor illustrations, the faces are often hidden by the tilt of a head or the fullness of a beard, but body language speaks volumes as dad gets down to the girl’s level, white backgrounds keeping the focus on their sweet relationship. An author’s note nicely explains Soosh’s decision to make the duo’s sizes so disparate. Dad has brown hair and beard, while daughter wears her darker hair in braids; both have pale skin.

Indeed, with a dad like this by a child’s side, there is little that cannot be accomplished. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: May 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-43808-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: March 18, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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Indeed, no one will be able to resist this baby.

BABY GOES TO MARKET

Baby is so charming that various vendors in this West African market gift him all sorts of yummies.

Baby rides on Mama’s back, held snug by a bright cloth wrap. Mama navigates the busy, colorful outdoor market, her woven basket balanced on her head. The text unrolls rhythmically in Atinuke’s storyteller’s voice: “Market is very crowded. Baby is very curious. Baby is so curious that Mrs. Ade, the banana seller, gives Baby six bananas.” Baby eats one and puts the remaining bananas in Mama’s basket. All the while Mama shops, unbeknownst to her, vendors continue to respond to Baby’s transparent delight with five oranges, four “sugary chin-chin biscuits,” three “roasted sweet corn,” and two pieces of coconut. With each delicacy given, Baby eats one and puts the rest in the basket. When Mama sees all the extra foodstuffs she didn’t buy, she’s concerned, until the vendors reassure her: “We gave those things to Baby!” In her debut picture book, Brooksbank offers bright, bustling tableaux of shoppers, vendors, and goods. The smiling, all-black cast sort through myriad wares, while the text keeps up its rhythm, introducing both typical items bought in a West African market and a gentle lesson in arithmetic as Baby alternately snacks on and stashes his gifts.

Indeed, no one will be able to resist this baby. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-9570-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection.

DADDIES ARE AWESOME

Puppies celebrate the many ways their dads are awesome.

“Daddies are playful. / They swing you around. // You ride on their shoulders / or hang upside down.” The first spread pictures a scruffy pup, mouth clamped on its dad’s tail, hanging. The second features a long dachshund, his four pups using the large expanse of his back as a jungle gym or resting spot. The husky dad is labeled as daring, brave, and strong, while the hound takes his pup on adventures (digging and hiding under a bush). Other dog dads give kisses and tickles, tell bedtime stories and help count sheep (a stuffed toy), and help their pups grow (challenging them with stairs and carrying them when the going gets tough). Lovšin creatively interprets some of the text that applies well to kids but not so well to canines: dad and pup at each end of a long stick held in their mouths is the dog equivalent of holding hands. Though many dog breeds will be familiar, some are just mutts, though all are shown caring for and enjoying the company of their offspring. White backgrounds keep the focus on the dogs.

Daddy-and-child dog lovers can try some of these canine ways of expressing affection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-62779-452-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2016

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