Sunday, May 18, 2008
A Day with dad by Bo R. Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson - review
A Day with dad by Bo R. Holmberg, illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Non-custodial father spends the day with his son. Snif.
Often, books like this one, written for a specific audience and/or for a specific purpose, are less well-written, or the illustrations are sort of at a lower standard, than picture books that are "just" written for fun. I am happy to report that the semi-hipster dad and eager little boy in A Day With Dad are sensitively drawn in toothy colored pencil, and the text relates their day together (hot dogs, movie, pizza, library, pastry) in a simple, joyful way, without getting bogged down in the history and mechanics of their present relationship.
I did notice, however, that at the end of the visit, when the boy is waving to his dad from the train platform, Mom keeps her hands in her pockets. I have a feeling she's gonna need a strong one tonight while Tim tells her all about his wonderful day eating junk food with wonderful Dad.