Some families may agree that there is Mom’s way and the wrong way. The young boy featured in Stephen Cook’s Day Out with Daddy would certainly argue otherwise. Mom has to leave town for the day, and that means Dad is in charge! Dad’s methods may be a bit unorthodox, but he is nothing less than a hero in the eyes of his proud son.
The endearing and humorous aspect of Day Out with Daddy is the contrast between the text and illustrations. The story is told in the young boy’s voice, while what actually occurs on this day full of mishaps is brilliantly displayed in the “childish” illustrations. For instance, the boy is impressed by how many friends his father has. But the vivid illustration shows the two in a messy traffic jam caused by their slow moving car. The boy also reports on the “special meal” his Dad made, but the picture shows a messy kitchen with burnt toast and pots boiling over.
The book is simply written with a big message: Spending quality time with Dad is fun regardless of what “actually” happens. Of course, one must wonder what will happen when Mom returns at the end of the day.
You won’t want to miss out on the fun adventures of father and son as they explore town, visit the zoo and prepare meals together. Moms and dads everywhere will enjoy reading this book to their child; they may even be able to relate.
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