WHEN DADDY COMES HOME by Linda Wagner Tyler


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In this hippopotamus family, Dad comes home after bedtime because he's a reporter; but when the little hippo complains, Dad comes home early once so that they can build a radio set together. The soft watercolor illustrations in pastel tones are the best feature of this story about the problems of small children and their parents trying to get their schedules together. The hippos are warmly affectionate, the home cozily full of books and interesting toys, the crocodile editor toothy and businesslike. Friend Tucky (a pig) is lucky to have a father who reads to him, but our hippo seems satisfied to have helped make a radio that really works, drawing the moral that parents come with different talents. Although the hippo, judging from his toys and activities, is about three and therefore years too young for the radio project, this rather slight story should be enjoyed by the youngest for its new slant on the old daily drama of Daddy coming home.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1986
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking