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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- 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.)