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The Bureau of Misplaced Dads
by Eric Veille and Pauline Martin


Overview - When a little boy realizes, ?I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning, ? he runs outside to look for him. There he meets a man who tells the boy he works at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. ?Come with me, ? the man says. ?With any luck, your father will be there waiting for you ...?  Read more...

 
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Overview
When a little boy realizes, ?I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning, ? he runs outside to look for him. There he meets a man who tells the boy he works at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. ?Come with me, ? the man says. ?With any luck, your father will be there waiting for you ...? At the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, the boy is shown dozens of dads who are missing their children --- including a Super Dad, a dancing dad and a dad ?who always looks like he's just gotten out of bed? --- but none of them are the right dad. None of them are his dad. Is the little boy looking in the wrong place?
This funny and heartwarming picture book covers a subject every child can relate to --- the fear of getting separated from a parent. However, in Eric Veille's original story, the roles are reversed and the child is the one searching, while the dads are all ?lost? and waiting to be picked up. The illustrations by Pauline Martin highlight quirky details of the fathers, bringing a light touch to the subject. This book would be a useful classroom tool to begin a discussion about the sensitive topic of fear. With so many different kinds of dads represented here, this book could also spark a lively conversation on family diversity, or even a sharing presentation in which each child can choose which dad is the most like his or her own and why.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781771382380
  • ISBN-10: 1771382384
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 34
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

First published in France, Veillé’s fantasy opens with a great hook, as a boy with round-rimmed glasses and a puzzled expression says, “I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning.” Luckily, when he sets out to hunt for him, he immediately meets a man in an overcoat who “just so happens” to work at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads. “At least 20 or 30 dads wander in every day,” he tells the boy matter-of-factly. “They’re usually in fairly good condition.” He guides the boy through the facilities, where waiting fathers include animal-skin-wearing cavemen (they’ve been waiting “since the dawn of time”), ballet-dancing dads, and dads in bathrobes with bad hair. Martin’s (Daydreams of a Solitary Hamster) clean, calm drawings confer tidy factuality on the man’s discussion of fathers as a population to be managed, like giraffes or antelope (“Once a year, we release a few dads back into the wild. Just for fun”), and the ending restores the boy’s dad to him in a way that comports gracefully with the whole. Future Wes Anderson fans will enjoy this understated romp. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)

 
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