Follow an energetic toddler's day with Dad that's full of opposites - up and down, make and break, yum and yuck, and more.
From his first demand to be picked up and then immediately put down, opposites pop up all day long for this energetic boy. Breakfast is no, no, no, yes
! At the sandbox, it's make, make, make, break
! And jumping into the pool goes from can't, can't, can't, to can
Kimberly Gee's expressive illustrations emphasize the loving connection between a boy and his father in this clever concept book about everyday highs and lows that is sure to entertain little (and big!) members of the family.
May 7, 2019
Up to Preschool
Lexile: AD80L | Fountas/Pinnell: D
Kimberly Gee lived in Seoul, Korea until she was eight, when her family moved to the United States, giving her a cultural perspective that is a blend of east and west. She won a Mentorship Award at the 2010 SCBWI Conference, and a Portfolio Showcase at the 2013 SCBWI Editor's Day. She is the illustrator of The Class
by Boni Ashburn. Kimberly lives in Claremont, California with her family and other things she loves: a garden, a tortoise, and a bunny.
"For all collections serving the impetuous, contradictory, joyful, exploratory board book crowd. . . This book may have been born as a picture book, but its true self suits the sturdier format perfectly." -School Library Journal,
starred review of the board book edition
"A toddler lives through a day full of opposing directives with their stay-at-home dad. . . The parts of this day will be familiar to parents and children alike. . . A fresh take on opposites and routines for the very young." -Kirkus Reviews
“Opposites loom large for babies, and Gee brings the concept to adorable life. Her action-packed visual vignettes refreshingly feature a brown-skinned baby and caretaker dad who dramatize the obvious (‘no’ and ‘yes’) and the more subtle (‘yay’ and ‘uh oh’). Her touch is feather-light, with many telling details to spot.” -The New York Times
"This opposites book follows one active brown-skinned toddler and stay-at-home-father throughout a busy, fun-filled day. . . When Mom gets home from work, the family's love and contentment is further underscored by a book-and-snuggle time while caregiver Dad takes a much-needed load off - next to a pile of laundry, because a parent's job is never done." -The Horn Book