This one's for you, too, Mom and Dad!


Oliver and his dad have had a terrific summer. They spent lots of time doing things together. Tomorrow, though, Oliver goes to school. Oliver wakes up excited, but Dad isn't feeling too well. He hides and delays the trip every way he knows how. Oliver reassures him, but Dad keeps stalling. After Dad goes home, he worries about Oliver. He can't stop thinking about him and realizes HE'S not ready for school. What's he going to do? 

Parent Perspective:
I think I have just discovered the must-have book for families with kids getting ready for the first day of school. The author does an exceptional job using humor to speak to both of his audiences: parents and kids. It is enjoyable to read a book that has a positive father-son relationship and doesn't make a parent look like a buffoon. I also like how the teacher set the boundaries for the classroom: this is where she is in charge. Highly recommended. 

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will be too busy giggling to see that this picture book is as much for parents as it is for them! This is an exceptional choice for helping everyone prepare for the changes that come when our children go to school.

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none!

Type of Book:
This is a humorous look at the first day of school, designed to relieve kids anxiety.
Educational Themes:

The story uses humor to talk about the emotions that come with change. Because of the way it is structured, the book gives YOU a chance to share your feelings about them going to school with your child.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8

Title Dad's First Day
Author Mike Wohnoutka
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens © 2015
Illustrators Mike Wohnoutka
ISBN 9781619634732
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family
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