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Dad's First Day Hardcover – July 7, 2015
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Oliver and his dad had a fun summer—playing, singing, and reading together. When it comes time for school, Oliver is ready, but his dad grows nervous as the big day nears. As Oliver's dad complains his stomach hurts, hides from his son as they prepare to leave, and drives slowly to school, Oliver is the one reassuring his dad. This familiar story will hit home with kids and parents alike who have experienced first day of school jitters. As Oliver's dad proclaims, "I'm not ready for school!" The colorful gouache illustrations will elicit giggles from young readers as they imagine their parents behaving like Oliver's dad. VERDICT A charming addition to the popular first day of school section.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
DAD'S FIRST DAY
By the end of the book, readers will be all set for school too: this is sure to provoke shared laughter that will calm the fears of even the most unready parents."
“This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.” ―School Library Journal, starred review, on Moo!
“The readaloud's the real fun here.” ―BCCB, starred review, on Moo!
“An ALA Notable book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon selection
This book is bold, original, and funny, and should be part of every picture-book collection.” ―SLJ, Starred review for MOO!
“Good barnyard fun, with nods to Mo Willems' aspirational Pigeon and Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's enterprising Duck.” ―Kirkus Reviews, on MOO!
Top customer reviews
At home, Dad is sad without Oliver. And rushes back to school early but sees something that makes him realize Oliver's right place is at school. This book allows both children and parents to talk about first-day jitters in a safe and humorous way. The illustrations are happy and colorful (like the cover), and this would be a good book for families, classroom teachers and librarians to share.
A classroom could draw a picture afterwards of what they enjoyed most about their first day or week of school.