Title: Gator Dad
Author & Illustrator: Brian Lies
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2016
Themes: Father/child relationships, alligators
Come on—let’s go. Let’s squeeze the day!
During a day of typical tasks such as breakfast and grocery shopping to more fun kid-focused activities like a romp at the playground and fort-building back home, a loving and imaginative gator dad shows his three gator kids that whatever they’re up to when they do stuff with dad a fun time will be had.
Why I like this book:
This high energy loving gator day squeezes every ounce of fun from each activity with his three kids. It is full of heart and humor and demonstrates that when a dad’s attitude is right and he’s focused on having a day where he’s fully present in his three children’s lives, they get to connect with their father in so many special ways. The illustrations bounce with vibrant colors, energy and imagination as Gator Dad knows how to inspire the story of a grand day together.
Every spread is an active “I love you,” of a dad fully involved in his kids’ lives. Look at the activities this group enjoys. Wild, yes?! Obviously the humor of Brian choosing one of the scariest reptiles out there to represent this loving family will not be lost on kid readers!
This would be a wonderful read aloud book for new or expectant dads, Father’s Day, or just to share with a favorite dad(s) and dad-figures!
Make a pillow fort!
Check out the interview I had with the author/illustrator this week.
Enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of GATOR DAD! (Sorry, North American addresses only)
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Edited, May 22nd, to add the winner of the giveaway was Chelanne from books4learning.com.