No One Else: I Love Dad by Joanne Walsh
NO ONE ELSE MAKES BREAKFAST INTO A FESTIVAL.
NO ONE ELSE MAKES THE BEST MORNING PARTY EVER.
There's always something special about dads--their bristly, pre-shave stubble, their piggy-back rides on their shoulders that make their kids feel like giants, their way of making going for a bike ride into a championship road race that ends on a downhill run for his tired companion.
This dad is a master fixer-upper, and he can make a campfire and roast corn and carrots like a chef.
And when it's bedtime, his stories are fanciful improvisation, with lions or kung-fu-kicking toy men!
Joanne Walsh and Judi Abbot's little book for daddy-loving youngsters, I Love Dad (Simon and Schuster, 2015) portrays some of the things that make daddies special--loud snores and the world's biggest yawns included. Authors Walsh and Abbot lay out the narrative logically, beginning each paragraph with "Nobody else..., whether it is assembling a child's bike or flipping a flapjack. The illustrations are done is soft pastels with no attempt at realism; the softly molded father and child dinosaurs are lavender and orange, and trees have blue trunks with pink foliage and all shapes are rounded and approximate, in the same format as their companion book, I Love Mom.