Cori Brooke (text) and Giuseppe Poli (illustrator), Fearless with Dad, New Frontier Publishing, August 2021, 32 pp., RRP $14.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781925059625
Boys and their dads have special relationships that can defy explanation. But Cori Brooke and Giuseppe Poli do a wonderful job of capturing the spontaneity and fun that can exist between fathers and sons.
This newly released edition Fearless with Dad takes us on the fun-filled adventures of a little boy with infinite affection for his father. Together they play, build, cook and even become superheroes.
There is something untouchable about stories like this, because they represent something so unique and special about father figures.
Cori Brooke captures the magnitude of father and son relationships. The text is modest but reveals so much about a little boy’s love for his dad, with beautiful statements like With my Dad, I can be silly or serious, daggy or cool… capturing the essence of unconditional love. Giuseppe Poli’s subtle yet emotive illustrations allow the text to shine with punches of primary colours scattered throughout for effect.
Themes such as family and relationships provide ample opportunity to share experiences and encourage imaginative play for children aged 3 to 6 years, with a welcome set of word and craft activities for teachers and librarians.
A beautiful celebration of fathers everywhere, Fearless with Dad, is sure to remain popular each year when young children celebrate all the father figures in their lives.
Reviewed by Shelley Stephens