Things To Do With Dad
(Candlewick Press / Walker Books)
A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. At first content to let Dad cross things off his list, the boy in the story soon realizes that the whole day will be spent on chores — unless he can come up with a solution. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination — and a trusty green crayon.
Zuppardi’s acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a charming, childlike quality and his imagination truly runs amok when the child amends the list (the only words in the entire book). With some imagination, even chores can be fun.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Zuppardi’s (Jack’s Worry) joyful, mixed-media art speaks volumes about how ordinary activities—yes, even chores—can be made special with a little imagination.
- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
The cartoon-style acrylic and pencil illustrations perfectly capture the boy’s flights of fancy and his dad’s willingness to play along. Adults could learn a thing or two from this father about making mundane tasks more enjoyable. A great choice for one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal