Tad and Dad

illus. by David Ezra Stein. 40p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399256714.
PreS-Gr 1—Little tadpole worships his impressive frog father and wants to be a great swimmer, jumper, singer, and voracious bug consumer just like him. Unwilling to be apart from his dad, Tad follows him everywhere, including his lily pad bed. The wriggly, noisy youngster keeps his poor parent up each night until sleep-deprived Dad kicks him out, only to find out that perhaps cuddly company was better all along. Stein's cartoonish illustrations are comically expressive, deftly conveying the energy of the wee frog and the exasperation of his dad with thick black strokes filled with swampy watercolor washes in mixed layouts ranging from spreads to cleverly focused vignettes. Children will laugh at Tad's antics while parents will sympathize with father frog's disturbed sleep.
VERDICT A wonderful bedtime or froggy-themed storytime read.

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