cover image Tuesday Is Daddy’s Day

Tuesday Is Daddy’s Day

Elliot Kreloff. Holiday House, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8234-4891-3

Kreloff follows a long-haired, light brown–skinned child who alternates between the houses of their curly-haired Black mother and round-bodied white father. Daisy, a squiggly blue stuffed puppy, is the child’s constant companion: “on Mondays and Wednesdays, I stay with Mommy. Daisy does too,” and “on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Daisy and I stay with Daddy and Harry,” Daddy’s partner. In spite of the alternating schedule, each home has similarities: both parents make the child “noodles with butter and cheese,” read one bedtime story aloud, and profess their love for the child. But when Mommy arrives at school pickup one Tuesday, citing a surprise in the works, the changed schedule results in an outburst. Kreloff’s grease pencil drawings are rendered in a hand-drawn, childlike style, with fabric collage and soft digital splashes of color providing additional visual appeal. A sweet look at one child’s experience with co-parenting guardians. Back matter includes tips for “when you get a new puppy.” Ages 3–7. [em](May) [/em]