From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–The cover picture of a father and son sitting under a tree sets the tone for this gentle story. Cuddle up upon my lap./Close your eyes and take a nap. Their perfect day consists of doing ordinary things–going for a walk, picnicking with friends, watching the clouds, reading books (by Charlip). The simple illustrations resemble something a youngster might draw, and the palette of soft pastel colors supports the story's comforting atmosphere and the love between these two. Large, block uppercase letters on uncluttered artwork make it easy for beginning readers to enjoy this sweet book on their own, but it is also ideal for one-on-one sharing. In less than 100 words, Charlip has crafted a cozy story that is a perfect example of parent and child bonding.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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A boy thinks about how he and his father will spend the day. At breakfast, "We could talk about how we might go for a walkabout." And so begins an imagining of all the things it might be fun to do. There's nothing out of the ordinary: having friends over, sharing a meal, reading picture books. The artwork, executed in watercolor washes, makes use of spacious, textured-looking backgrounds in purple, gold, green, and blue. Everything here is very simple, from the short, one-line bits of text to the uncluttered pictures. The accent is always on the affection that the curly-headed boy and his father feel for each other and those who come into their home. With no mother in the art and with a subtle sense of longing in the words, this story may have special meaning for kids who aren't always with their dads. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved