Published by Phaidon Press
Summary: A diverse group of kids and their dads take turns leading and following each other. For instance, the first spread shows Dad as a horse and his daughter as the rider; in the next one, she is the queen and he is the jester. In the next, a boy and his father are crane and cargo, followed by engine and railcar. The book concludes with “Today and tomorrow. Side by side.” Front endpapers show the hats for each character, and back ones show their shoes, which will make for some fun matching games. 40 pages; ages 2-7.
Pros: Chris Raschka, who lists being a dad as his greatest achievement, surpassing even his three Caldecotts, has created a perfect gift for Father’s Day, or any occasion that celebrates dads. This could also be a good prompt for writing and drawing about one’s own father.C
Cons: You try coming up with a con for a book celebrating fathers by a man who has won two Caldecott medals and a Caldecott honor.
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I love the theme and adore your ‘CON.’