Thursday, May 11, 2017

Things To Do with Dad by Sam Zuppardi - ADVISABLE

Zuppardi, Sam Things To Do with Dad. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2017. $16.99. 

A young boy is excited to spend a day with his dad, but there is a long To-Do list his dad needs to get done. The boy tries to be with his dad while Dad builds a bookcase and vacuums, but it is boring and not the time he wants. So with his trusty green crayon he changes the "Things to Do" list to a "Things to Do With Dad" list. Instead of making beds, they sail a pirate ship--letting the sheets become sails and imaginations soar; instead of hanging out the laundry, they join the circus--with the laundry line becoming the tight rope. More imaginative adventures await as this creative boy finds a way to have fun--and get things done!--with his dad. 

This picture book is heavy on pictures and very, very light on text. The illustrations remind me of David Shannon's work--lots of pencil lines and colors that don't always stay in the lines--and will be appealing to young readers. The celebration of time spent between fathers and sons is nice--especially doing housework!--and this is a good pick for Father's Day. 

EL (K-3)--ADVISABLE. Reviewer: TC

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