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Are You My Daddy

Are You My Daddy?, by Illanit Oliver | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | July 22, 2014

Are You My DaddyAre You My Daddy?

Written by Illanit Oliver

Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Board Book: 12 pages

Age Range: 2 – 5 years old

Publisher: Cartwheel Books/Scholastic 2015

ISBN: 978-0-545-77558-8

What to expect: Touch-and-feel, Zoo animals, Daddy themes

This delightful touch-and-feel book is sure to be a hit with babies and toddlers. It features easy prose, colorful pictures and popular zoo animals. Who wouldn’t want to search for a walrus at the zoo?

Walt the Walrus, a clever young walrus, is playing hide-and-seek with his Daddy at the zoo where they live. He discovers a penguin hiding in an igloo (a fun slide out picture that is easy for little fingers to maneuver), and a shiny daddy lion. Fuzzy monkeys and fluffy goats encourage children to touch the pages. Then, we meet a zebra, koala, elephant and more under cute flip out cards. Kids will love the happy ending of Walt finding Daddy Walrus behind a large folded tree page.

A departure from mom-centric baby books, ARE YOU MY DADDY? will keep kids entertained over and again. Children who enjoy Kunhardt’s PAT THE BUNNY will love this book upon first reading. My two-year-old daughter was very excited to pet the animals and search for Walt’s daddy. This book encourages questions and exploration by matching zoo animals, which is a nice bonus. It’s solidly constructed, and should last for many repeat readings. And, thanks to the colorful characters, this book is sure to become a daily favorite.

Add this book to your collection: Are You My Daddy?

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About the Author

Ilanit Oliver has written and edited over a hundred children’s books for kids of all ages. A graduate of Barnard College, Ilanit lives, works, and writes in New York City.

About the Illustrator

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE, K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH’S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

Are You My Daddy?, by Ilanit Oliver and Guy Parker-Rees, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Follow along with our articles tagged with , and —as well as our categories for Ages 0-3Animal Books, and Board Books—to discover more great books for kids.

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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