Wednesday 23 February 2022

This is My Dad

This is My Dad by Dimity Powell, illustrated by Nicky Johnston (EK Books) PB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781922539076

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

Sub-titled ‘The perfect dad isn’t always a father,’ This is My Dad is a picture book inspired by teacher-librarians who noticed the lack of stories reflecting children who have never known a ‘father figure’. The story explores this family dynamic experienced by millions of children, in a positive and creative way. It tells the story of Leo, whose normal love of show and tell turns to dread when he is asked to talk about his father, who he has never known. ‘How can I celebrate someone I’ve never met?’ he worries.

He imagines his father a world-renowned surgeon, a first class-hydrochute, or even just a frisbee-throwing dad. He asks his next-door neighbour to come to show and tell, but he says he’s too old. His solution – to take along his mother for show and tell – is ingenious and proves that families come in many shapes and sizes. 

The illustrations are soft and cartoon-like and add to the book’s overall feel.

This book would suit children aged 6 years and older.

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