A tadpole and his father spend their days together amicably, but when Dad tries to tuck his son in for the night, things do not go as planned.
Young Tad always joins Dad on his lily pad at night. At first Tad is so small that his father can adapt to his constant companion. But as Tad grows powerful legs and develops a loud singing voice to match his large mouth, Dad has had enough: “When you jump in my bed, I can’t sleep because you’re always wiggling and poking, kicking and croaking!” Narrator Tad is surprised at Dad’s reaction but is ready to swim away from his father for the first time. (Dad snores.) An uncommon commotion brings Tad back to discover that maybe Dad would like some company after all. Stein’s marker, crayon, and watercolor illustrations feature watery greens and browns. The rounded shapes of the frogs’ bodies, their glowing yellow eyes, and their broad, pink mouths pop, contrasting against the dark hues of the pond and the bright white and pale blue of the sky. Parents faced with a child who has trouble staying in his or her own bed will relate to Dad’s exasperation and chuckle at Tad’s persistence. Kids will enjoy Tad’s enthusiasm and obvious adoration of his father.
Caldecott honoree Stein makes another splash with this charming duo. (Picture book. 3-6)