cover image Trouble with Dad

Trouble with Dad

Babette Cole. Putnam Publishing Group, $13.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-399-21206-2

In a wacky follow-up to The Trouble with Mom, Dad is bored with his job and starts fiddling around with robots, much to Mom's consternation. But fiddling with robots leads to mixed-up adventures and narrow escapes, until a wealthy Arab buys Dad's robot collection to display in the desert as art. Mom is happy because now they are rich. Dad and son are happy because they can spend all their time making more robots. Cole plays fast and loose with her suitably droll text and comic pictures, proving there is plenty of room for a book as funny and original as this one. (58)