A young girl tells readers how she cares for her father when she is Daddy-sitting.
As in many other books with this similar theme, the disconnect between the pictures and the text is what makes the book funny: It’s clear that the girl is acting according to her own wishes and whims, not her dad’s, and that’s to be expected at her young age. “Daddy is full of energy and needs lots of exercise” shows the dad pedaling a bicycle up a steep hill, his daughter in a tow-behind trailer (neither wear helmets), on the way to the playground. He seems pooped. The page reading “Sometimes he doesn’t watch where he’s going” sets up the page turn nicely, Daddy headed for an obstacle course of toys on the floor while toting a heaped laundry basket. The watercolor-and–colored-pencil artwork combines spot, single-page, and full-spread illustrations to show the loving relationship the two share, Daddy always willing to jump in and join his daughter’s play while at the same time giving her space to explore on her own (and for him to get some chores done). Mommy appears in the evening with her leather satchel, which reads as her returning from work. All three present white.
This stay-at-home dad, though clearly imperfect, knows what’s important. (Picture book. 3-8)