Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review: Daddies Do by Lezlie Evans, Illustrated by Elisa Ferro

by Lezlie Evans
Illustrated by Elisa Ferro
Sterling Children's Books
Picture Book
32 pages

“This book is a comforting choice for young readers . . . . a solid choice for Father’s Day or anytime sharing.” —School Library Journal

From a tiny mouse to a lion cub, adorable animal children explain why daddies are the BEST! 

Who wrestles with you for fun—but then surrenders and says you’ve won? Who takes you on outings and just doesn’t care what outfit you’re wearing or if you’ve got messy hair? Guess who? DADDIES DO! Meet a delightful group of animal daddies, including a bird who teaches his baby to fly and a polar bear who gives his cub the best hugs. This perfect Father’s Day story ends with every dad tucking his child in with a sweet good night.


Daddies get center stage in this cute, sweet and warming picture book with one, wonderful intention. . .to celebrate Dads!

With whimsical rhymes, each page hits upon the amazing, fun and important things dads do with and for their kids. After each two-page spread, the phrase 'Daddies Do. That's Who!' appears—something young readers will easily catch onto and start yelling along. And dads do a lot. From wrestling for fun, to clapping the loudest at school plays, to swooping in to save bad days, this book is chucked full.

Bright, humorous and touching illustrations radiate on every page. The dads and their kids are depicted with various animals from lions, to penguins to octopuses and everything in between. The settings are lively and the characters induce smiles. There are also many little details sprinkled in to make each flip through the pages interesting.

Warmth and love fill these pages as the dads aren't only fun and exciting, but patient, kind and supporting. It's a great book for Father's Day and simply for those moments to think of dads.

And here they are. . .

Author. . .
Lezlie Evans is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including Can You Count Ten Toes? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Finding Christmas (Albert Whitman). Scholastic Book Clubs/Fairs has picked up several of her titles, including Rain Song and Snow Dance (both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and The Bunnies' Picnic (Disney/Hyperion). Lezlie is an avid speaker and proponent for early childhood literacy, and a member of the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC. The inspiration for Daddies Do came from watching her six children wrestle, read and eat pancakes with their daddy.
Lezlie lives in Ashburn, VA. Visit her at!

Illustrator. . .
Elisa Ferro is an Italian children's illustrator based in Padua.

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