Daddies Do

By Lezlie Evans (Author), Elisa Ferro (Illustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


Daddies Do

by Lezlie Evans, Elisa Ferro



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
“This book is a comforting choice for young readers . . . . a solid choice for Father’s Day or anytime sharing.” —School Library Journal

From a tiny mouse to a lion cub, adorable animal children explain why daddies are the BEST!

Who wrestles with you for fun—but then surrenders and says you’ve won? Who takes you on outings and just doesn’t care what outfit you’re wearing or if you’ve got messy hair? Guess who? DADDIES DO! Meet a delightful group of animal daddies, including a bird who teaches his baby to fly and a polar bear who gives his cub the best hugs. This perfect Father’s Day story ends with every dad tucking his child in with a sweet good night.
“A rhyming ode to all the things daddies do with their children. Bathing and fishing, making yummy snacks, building forts, snapping photos, giving a boost: Daddies do it all in this rollicking look at fatherhood. ‘Who takes you on outings / and simply won’t care / if you’ve picked your own outfit / or have messy hair? / DADDIES DO. / THAT’S WHO!’ The lion dad wrestles with his cub, proclaiming how much stronger his tot is. The peacock father lets his child help on a project. The octopus child is cheered up by dad when they’re sick. And more than one parent (of any gender) may smile knowingly at the kangaroo dad who falls asleep reading to his joey. Evans’ rhyme and rhythm are spot-on, and the refrain ensures readers’ participation during read-alouds. Ferro’s brightly colored cartoon illustrations were created using gouache, colored pencil, and ink. The dad-child relationships ooze sweetness, and an owl unobtrusively placed within many spreads cues the ‘Who…’ questions as well as the final ‘Guess who?’ There is nary a mother in sight, and few pages show siblings. These dads prepare food and bathe and soothe their children, as nurturing as can be. A solid and sweet look at the traditional and expanding roles of a father.” —Kirkus

“A list of the loving activities and small things that daddies do best with their children. With a digital representation of gouache, colored pencil, and ink, the cartoon images of animal families fill each spread. In the course of their daily activities, the anthropomorphized dads make their children feel good as they build self-esteem with encouragement, provide opportunities for independence, or simply give the support of their presence while their little ones explore their world. Mouse dads help their small sons feel big, bird dads ‘offer courage’ to fly, panda dads lift their children to the highest branch of the tree, anteaters enjoy a sweet snack (ants included), penguins build forts and glide down an icy slide, bears fish (although these ones use poles) in a stream, birds ‘swoop’ and their ‘blues fly away,’ and—in a nod to children’s literature—monkeys jump on the beds. Ending with bedtime stories and lots of loving ‘bear’ hugs, this book is a comforting choice for young readers in school or home libraries. VERDICT With a catchy rhyme and a repeated refrain, this title is a solid choice for Father’s Day or anytime sharing.” —School Library Journal

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Lezlie Evans is the award-winning author of numerous picture books, including Can You Count Ten Toes? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Finding Christmas (Albert Whitman). Scholastic Book Clubs/Fairs has picked up several of her titles, including Rain Song and Snow Dance (both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and The Bunnies’ Picnic (Disney/Hyperion). Lezlie is an avid speaker and proponent for early childhood literacy, and a member of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC. The inspiration for Daddies Do came from watching her six children wrestle, read, and eat pancakes (minus the ants) with their daddy. Visit her at She lives in Brambleton, VA.
Elisa Ferro is an Italian children's illustrator based in Padua, where she lives with her lovely husband and two funny cats. She studied at the University of Architecture and Visual Art in Venice, and at the International School of Illustration in Sarmede. Elisa's playful illustrations are full of charming details and sweet character expressions. She creates her artwork primarily in gouache, colored pencil, and ink before tweaking digitally in Photoshop.​ This will be her debut picture book in the US.

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Pub Date: 5/1/2018

ISBN: 9781454921714

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 8 x 10 Inches

Territories: WENG

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books