When Mom’s away at the movies, Dad and daughter will play—or at least do things differently than Mom.
Bathtime is first, but Dad doesn’t do it quite right, and Clare feels free to tell him so: the water’s a little cold, and her favorite toy is at the bottom. But Dad’s way turns out to be fun, too, though a bit messy: the toy croc eats not just her toes, but her whole body. Next are pajamas and dinner, but they’re inside out, the table’s not set correctly, and the mashed potatoes are lumpy. Dad’s solution? A cupcake for dinner. “I get dessert without eating dinner?” “With me, it’s like that.” Way to make Mom out to be the bad guy, Dad. But at bedtime (in a very messy room), Dad acquiesces to Clare’s corrections and starts over reading more slowly so that Clare has time to look at the pictures. And with Dad, there are three bedtime kisses. Le Huche’s illustrations, small on the pages, portray a white pair, Clare blonde and pink-cheeked and Dad a brunet who sports quite the five-o’clock shadow. In fact, the whiskers, when combined with the father’s odd head shape, make him look like nothing more than a woodchuck when seen in profile. In addition, his facial expression can sometimes only be described as “huh?”
Getting it wrong’s not all bad. (Picture book. 4-8)