The premise of this book is simple: it is fun to play with Dad. It is that simplicity which makes the book magic. The main character – a young girl – tells of the fun times she shares with her dad. Together they read stories, play with dolls, paint and more. Most importantly, the narrator tells us, she loves it when her dad loves her.
The bright illustrations by Jamie Tufrey capture the sense of fun from the text and youngsters will love the lift the flap format which shows the reactions father and daughter get from those around them.
It is really lovely to see a book focus on the relationship between father and child – especially father and daughter – and to see a dad doing daggy things like playing with dolls and dressups. This would make a great gift for a new father and is perfect for bedtime reading.
Me and My Dad, by Jill Kearney, illustrated by Jamie Tufrey
Koala Books, 2004