Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: Let's Have a Daddy Day

It feels a bit odd talking about a Daddy Day book when Mother's Day is the biggie right now!

Actually, I'm not up to talking at all at the moment. Because I'm a baby goose, and all we geese do is honk. So my interview with Mom on this book is just a bunch of honks. Check back in two hours, when I will be a baby whale. Or something else like that. Because I just might be an animal that really talks.

So you're stuck with Mom's review on this one. Sorry...

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zonderkidz (April 13, 2010)
***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of ZonderKidz for sending me a review copy.***


New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written more than forty of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly sixteen million in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen receives hundreds of letters each week and considers her readers friends. Her fiction has made her one of the country’s favorite storytellers, and one of her novels, Like Dandelion Dust, is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Baxter family novels, the 9/11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. You can find out more about Karen, her books, and her appearance schedule at her website.

Dan Andreasen lives in Medina, Ohio, with his wife and three children. He has illustrated more than thirty picture books. When his daughter was asked by her first grade teacher, “What kind of work does your daddy do?” she replied, “He colors.”

Product Details:

List Price: $15.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310712157
ISBN-13: 978-0310712152


Let's Have a Daddy Day

What Mom Liked:  Karen has been one of my favorite authors for a while, and I'm loving this children's line of hers!  Now she just needs to add some easy readers, early chapter books, tween, and teen books, and I can share my appreciation of her with my daughter all the way through adulthood!

This is a sweet book that highlights the role of a dad, but its message really struck me as a mom, as well.  So often I come up with these great plans of things to do with my daughter, but I don't have the time or resources to do it perfectly, so we just kind of veg out instead.  The message is that while the great plans are great, what's really important is the time spent, even if it's just playing around on the living room floor.  I personally get bored with the play (when I've got so much "important" stuff to get done," so we don't do it nearly enough...

Easy-to-comprehend illustrations, rhyming patterns, a few new words (like hooligan), a review of the frog life cycle - all kinds of lessons in the book.  And most significantly, the chance to affirm our love.

What Mom Didn't Like:  Gotta admit, this book didn't have quite the appeal to Esmé of Karen's The Princess and the Three Knights.  It's just really hard to compete with pink and princesses where she's concerned, so I'm not surprised.  This is still a great book in its own right and kept her attention throughout - and I guess you do need "boyish" books interspersed amongst the pink!