CONNELLY, Nicola (text) Annie White (illus.) My Dad is a Bear New Frontier, 2014 unpaged $24.99 ISBN 9781925059069 SCIS 1673970
This charming picture book uses all the characteristics of a bear to identify the many things that make a dad so special. Each page combines a minimal amount of large print text and simple illustrations that focus on the bear and his characteristics. The reader is not distracted by any background art so all attention is on what the bear is doing, perfect for the very young readers. The storyline is simple and it would be the perfect book for a dad to share with his pre-schooler as it is one where he could easily act out the story if he felt so inclined. Although it is certainly relevant for Father’s Day, it is a book that could be enjoyed anytime.
reviewed by Sue Clancy