This Is My Daddy!

Pajama Pr. Jun. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772781120.
PreS–In acrylic ink, gouache, and oil pastels on cheerful backgrounds, small creatures ask, “Who is my daddy?” and gaze with open hearts at four possible fathers. Among the baby hedgehog’s potential parents are a porcupine, a cactus, and a spider-like thing with dozens of legs or tentacles. A human baby finds their dad, and so does the small tiger, a blue beaver, and a caterpillar, who spies a beautiful butterfly. In the last twist, a father in costume can’t fool his young charge. Conventions of gender, species, and race have all been rendered moot, making this a universal book for lapsitting young ones and their caregivers to point at and select.
VERDICT With the call-and-response format of “Who is my daddy?” and “This is my daddy!” this generous game will inspire noisy story hours as well as reassuring bedtime rituals.

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