Saturday 14 September 2019

I Love my Dad Because

I Love My Dad Because written by Petra James, illustrated by Alissa Dinallo (Pan Macmillan) HB RRP $14.99 ISBN 9781760784393 2019

Reviewed by Karen Hendriks

This is an interactive picture book that a child can personalize with their dad. Once completed it would make a delightful keepsake and would make a perfect gift on Father’s Day as it can be completed together with a child to celebrate their dad: making a treasure together is bonding and caring.

Alissa Dinallo use of colour and hand drawn pages, encourages togetherness and sharing as the bright illustrations bounce off the pages. The activities encourage learning and cognitive skills as children fill out the pages with their dad and it helps a child voice love and togetherness. What I particularly like is that the book supports and applauds the unique role that dads play in a child’s life.

Petra James has created some heart-warming activities that include drawing, colouring, counting, playing noughts and crosses and making a fish.  This book can be given to a dad on any special occasion: birthday, Xmas, Father’s Day… or any. There is also I Love My Mum Because to celebrate all things mum.

We all know dads know everything and this book celebrates the king of the castle.

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