Saturday, September 2, 2017

Daddy Honk Honk! by Rosalinde Bonnet - ESSENTIAL

Bonnet, Rosalinde.  Daddy Honk Honk!  Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin), 2017.  $16.99.  Content: G.  PICTURE BOOK.
An Arctic fox finds an egg.  The egg hatches to a little bird that says, “Daddy Honk Honk!”  The fox assures the baby bird that he isn’t his daddy and then tries to find the baby a home.  The lemmings have enough babies, but they give the fox a warm hat for the baby.  Because you need to keep babies warm.  The bunny suggests that fox feeds the baby.  Nanouck tells fox that babies need naps.  The baby bird plays with the ocean animals and the Whale tells fox to keep an eye on his baby.  Fox takes the baby bird home and now knows how to take care of his new little one.

The story is cute and relatable to small children.  They will love the repetition of “Daddy honk honk!” What makes this picture book stand out in the crowded market of picture books, is the beautiful watercolor and India ink illustrations.  The animals are charmingly rendered and the Arctic landscape soft and sweeping. 
Pre-K-ESSENTIAL.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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