Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe

Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe

Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe, illustrated by Jessica Warrick (InfoSoup)

Darcy’s day is ruined when her best friend gets sick and has to cancel their playdate. Her father suggests that they do a Darcy-Daddy Day instead, where they pick alternating things from their to-do lists until both lists are done. They start with coffee time, or chocolate milk time for Darcy. Then comes dress up where Daddy gets super fancy in a tutu and flannel shirt. Next the lawn gets mowed in a glamorous way. Hair Salon comes next until both Darcy and Daddy are fabulous. Laundry is a sock battle and then a quest to match each sock. The day ends with repairing the fence, something new for Darcy to try, and a manicure for the both.

An ideal father and daughter book that shows how open minds and playfulness can save a day from disaster. Parents will recognize their chores as the day goes on and then their aches and pains after playing too hard. Children will love seeing a dad get into imaginative play, wearing both a tutu and a headband with no care at all. There is a real sweetness to this book that captures the adoration between a father and daughter and one special day they shared together.

Warrick nicely captures the play as the two of them have their day together. Princess dresses and tutus get grass stained and hammers nicely fit into red purses too. The lawnmower takes on royal status with its umbrella and garlands too. Each little flourish is used to great effect and the interplay between the two characters is radiant.

A testament to the power of positive parenting, this picture book will be loved by fathers and daughters alike. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.


The Branford Boase Children’s Book Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2016 Branford Boase Children’s Book Award has been announced. The UK award celebrates the best debut novels for children. Here are the titles on the shortlist:

The Art of Being Normal Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare, illustrated by Jane Matthews

My Brother Is A Superhero (My Brother is a Superhero, #1) Stone Rider

My Brother Is a Superhero by David Solomons

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

Time Travelling with a Hamster The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Mabel Jones, #1)

Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt