My 10-year old nephew and I read books together every week and he draws a picture from the pages that captures his fancy. As a budding bookworm, artist and a child with an autistic aphasia we bond through stories and art.
Daddy Long Legs
by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey
Published May 2nd 2017
by Kids Can Press
Matthew must go to kindergarten but when daddy’s old green car sputters and struggles he worries that daddy won’t make it back to him by the end of the day. Thus starts a what if game that ultimately reassures Matthew he can safely go to kindergarten.
I have the opportunity to read this book with the target audience, my nephew. We both quite loved the fantastical drawings in this book. I loved the bright poppy colors that will appeal to the youngest of children. My nephew loved that the black birds appeared in each spread and that all sorts of fantastical methods were used to get to Matthew. His favorite by far was the dragon which is what he chose to draw (he chooses an illustration from each book we read and draws his own interpretation).
“I will call the big green dragon who blows into the heater all winter. And in two flaps of his wings and three big leaps, I will be next to you!”
I obviously didn’t read the complete blurb stating that this is about separation anxiety and so I found it really fun to get to the reason why daddy was being so outrageous. It was so fun and infectious that my nephew and I totally enjoyed ourselves even without the undertone point of the story in the forefront of our brains. I really liked the end illustrations especially where it portrayed home as a safe place where Matthew will return to after a day at kindergarten.
Having worked with children the age of preschoolers this would be great for teachers having to deal with separation anxiety and once that is past would be great to revisit anytime as a way to develop creativity and imagination in the child. Very versatile and worth the investment in home or school!
BOTTOM LINE: Fun way to reassure your children they can trust you to return…
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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