Children’s Picture Book Review: This is My Daddy!

This is My Daddy! by Mies van Hout
This is My Daddy!
by Mies van Hout

4 out of 5 stars

Each page of this book shows a young animal who asks the reader, “Who is my Daddy?” There are four choices of adult animals, and the reader has to guess which one is the grown-up version of the little animal. A little tadpole joyfully declares, “This is my Daddy!”, when reunited with his froggy father. A baby rhino frolics with his large rhino Dad, and a baby beaver chomps on some branches with his beaver Dad.

This is such a fun way to get children thinking critically and noticing the details. It also stretches their memory capabilities, and helps them to predict what will come next based on the previous pattern. Plus it’s just fun!
I didn’t really care for the art style. I do like the bright colors and cute characters, but I wish the designs were more clear. Sometimes I couldn’t even tell what animal it was. Is it a chipmunk or a prairie dog? It it a bee or a beetle? Is it a snake or a worm? Is that a porcupine or a hedgehog or a wombat? I have no idea. In a book where the reader has to guess which animal is which, I would think that clarity in the artwork would be a major priority.

The book itself has great construction. The cover is sturdy and the pages are thick. Not as thick as a board book, but designed to withstand little hands.

Overall, it’s a very cute book with a fun setup. I enjoyed it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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