Published by Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hodder and Stoughton, 2016.
I’m bracing myself for the inevitable: my son’s first word is most likely to be Dada and not Mama. Sniff. Cue pangs of mild envy. I needn’t worry though. He doesn’t love Daddy more than me; it’s just easier to say Dada, that’s all.
But, hang on. Is this the real reason? According to Jimmy Fallon, every father is actually waging a secret campaign to ensure that their baby’s first word will be Dada. In this gorgeous picture book, set on a farm, we meet various animal fathers encouraging their young to speak their first word: Dada. Amusingly, all efforts are met with failure.
This book is fun to read aloud because of all the animal noises. It has a gentle humour and a reassuring predictability. It’s also a lovely way to reinforce animal names. I love the bold simplicity of the illustrations and the looks of frustration on the fathers’ faces. A great book for daddies and mommies to share with their children.
Suitable from birth.
Thank you to Hodder Children’s Books for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.