Be Glad Your Dad... (Is Not an Octopus!)

Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen, illus. by Jared Chapman. Little, Brown, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-25438-0
In their first children’s book, Logelin and Jensen reveal that while human dads can be “grouchy, bossy, or just totally gross,” it could be worse: an owl father “would keep you up aaaaaaaaaall night,” and a snake dad “would shed his skin in front of your friends.” In vivid digital cartoons, Chapman (Steve, Raised by Wolves) pictures two siblings suffering through each less-than-wonderful parent, from a monkey serving up a meal of bugs to a dino dad who’s “nothing but bones.” Irreverent closing notes offer extra details about the 16 animals. Light, jokey fun—dung beetles are always good for a laugh, right? Ages 4–8. Authors’ agent: Rachel Sussman, Chalberg & Sussman. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/11/2016
Release date: 05/03/2016
Genre: Children's
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