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Monday, June 10, 2019

Daddy-Sitting, by Eve Coy. Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Raincoast. 2019. $23.99 ages 4 and up

"I get him ready.

Then I make his
favorite breakfast.

Daddy is full of
energy and needs
lots of exercise.

Daddy-sitting keeps
me busy ... "

The little girl narrator of this charming story has her dad's best interests at heart. That is why she takes her 'daddy-sitting' job so seriously. She has had a stand-out role model for the kinds of things one must do to keep her charge busy throughout the day, and happy to be active and entertained.

Their day begins with waking him up, feeding him breakfast and getting him the outside exercise he needs to burn off an excess of energy. Riding his bike to the park, swinging, swimming, shopping, building with blocks, enjoying a tea party, and the occasional mishap are all part of the fun the two have together. 

As the book is read, listeners are witness to an entirely different story, playing out in expressive and humorous watercolor and colored pencil artwork. The day abounds with the many shared activities, with dad doing all the work and the child enjoying the many pleasures of their time together. It is as it should be with a child so young.

Though Dad appears exhausted at times, he NEVER stops participating in and enjoying every minute spent with his much-loved daughter. She encourages him at every turn (as I am sure he has done for her) and the two are obviously joyful about time spent together. Although she assures him that he can grow up to do 'anything' he would like to do, he only wants one job.

"But Daddy doesn't want to be any of those.

He wants to do only one job,
which is always packed with adventure ...

being my daddy."


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