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Kids Fiction 240
cute celebration of father-child pairs
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
THIS IS MY DADDY! is an overall cute and simple concept that makes a great gift for fathers of young children. The book presents an animal with the question "Who is my Daddy?" and four choices of animals who look somewhat similar. When you turn the page, you see the father and child duo together plus the phrase, "This is my Daddy!" This simple concept has some guessing game fun integrated.

What I loved: This book manages to be both simple and complex. It has a sort of matching and memory game to it with the four tiles and it is interesting to see how such different animals can have features in common. For example, the hedgehog also shows pictures of a porcupine, prickly sea urchin, and a cactus. The book also includes some complicated pairs, like tadpoles and frogs and caterpillars and butterflies, perhaps pointing out that children do not always look like their parents. The illustrations are not always clear as to the type of animal, but this works for children who like playing matching to guess who the father of each animal is.

This is an easy read with only those two phrases repeated throughout. I really liked the use of thicker paper on this book that makes it in between a board and picture book, so great for young toddlers to work on turning the pages and playing with.

What left me wanting more: As a very small point, some of the illustrations are a bit hard to identify, as it was not totally clear which animal they were meant to be. However, they are very cool to look at and have a fun artistic style, so it was not a big deal.

Final verdict: A fun picture book that explores father-child pairs all around us, THIS IS MY DADDY! is a silly and delightful book to share with a little one. Elements of memory and matching skills will be lightly explored at a level appropriate for the young audience.
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