I love my Dad because by Petra James

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Illus. by Alissa Dinallo. Macmillan Australia, 2019. ISBN: 9781760784393.
(Age: 3-8 years) Recommended. Themes: Mothers, Father's Day, Family, Interactive book, Shared reading. What a fun, happy book for a young child to fill in and give to Dad because he is loved! Following on from I love my Mum because, James has come up with a book filled with interactive activities that include drawing a picture of  'Me and' 'my dad', filling in a height chart, telling a story about dad and tracing a fish and colouring in scales on it and its friend. Other pages describe the activities that Dad does like showing beautiful fireworks and telling the bed bugs not to bite. Then there are games that can be played with Dad like noughts and crosses.
The illustrations by Dinallo are bright and busy and will appeal to young children, while the opportunity to illustrate pages in a real book will be a real incentive for children to carefully draw, write and colour. And Dad is sure to appreciate a special book that will remain a momento of his child's love and achievements.
This is a very appealing idea that is perfect as a gift from a child for Father's Day or indeed any special day, showing the love that the child has for Dad.
Pat Pledger