Little White Fish and his Daddy by Guido Van Genechten

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Catch a Star, 2020. ISBN 9781922326034.
(Age: 2-5) Recommended. Brightly illustrated, this board book will engage young readers as Little White Fish learns about the daddies that other animals have. Swimming under the sea, he encounters little octopus whose daddy has the longest arms of all; Little Turtle's daddy is super strong and Little Goldfish's father has more shells than anyone and so on until the final double page spread where Little White Fish tells the reader that his daddy 'is just very sweet. We play together he reads me a story every night.'
Set against a black background the underwater creatures are all vividly coloured and stand out on the page. All the faces are individual and very happy. I loved the golden seahorse whose father is the fastest of all and the blue starfish will bring a smile to the faces of little children.
This board book is very sturdy and small, suitable for little hands and a lot of handling. It is a lovely tribute to fathers everywhere and would be a good choice to read for Father's Day.
Pat Pledger