Hilarity ensues when a 4 year old plans a Father’s Day outing. Obviously.

Title: A Perfect Father’s Day
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Susan Meddaugh
Rating: 8
Readability:  9
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description:

I’m taking you out for Father’s Day,” Susie tells Dad. “First we’ll go for lunch.” “Good,” Dad says. “May I drive?” “Certainly,” Susie says. She chooses the restaurant, and pretty soon Dad can see that she’s filled this special day with treats – treats for both of them! When they get back home, Mom’s final surprise (that isn’t really a surprise at all) is a perfect ending for the perfect day.

What I Liked:

I loved the long-suffering Dad. He, with everlasting good humour, allows his daughter to take him on a series of outings that she knows he will just love. And of course, they are all actually things that she loves. That’s basically my husband’s life right now. And really most dads with preschoolers.

Evelyn loved the page where the pigeons attack our dynamic duo. She thought it was all sorts of hilarious. Bunting and Meddaugh did and excellent job of subtly showing the reader the Dad’s exhausted emotions. Evelyn definitely understood the poor Dad’s plight.

The Dad buys his daughter a balloon and grabs one for his wife as well. What a nice guy. And I liked that the Mom was wearing the shirt that she knew the Dad liked best. Such a cute little couple. What a nice little family.

What I Didn’t Like:

If I had done this I would have had a different first line. I was a little confused by it and even flipped the page back to check if I’d missed the actual first page.

The illustrations were just a little on the sketchy side. They were still cute, but I would have liked them cleaned up just a tiny bit more. I loved the premise though.

Extras:

I asked Evelyn (who is four) what we should do for Brian for Father’s Day. Here’s our conversation:

Me: What do you think Daddy wants to do for Father’s Day?
Evelyn: He wants to bake a cake!
Me: What kind of cake?
Evelyn: Maybe a chocolate gummy worm cake? I think that’s what he should have. Or a Minecraft cake! Cause it’s sooo cool.
Me: Should we go anywhere?
Evelyn: We should go to the train park! And let me just check this book. *opens A Perfect Father’s Day* Ummm… we should… I like the merry-go-round. And balloons. And let’s say “Happy Father’s Day” on the cake. Perfect.

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TL;DR:

If you had a gazillion dollars, what kind of outing would you take your Dad on?

I’d take mine to go drive a Nascar car around a track, and then we’d go get burgers for lunch, and then go golfing with the casts of Star Trek. Original, Next Generation and Voyager.