Up, Up, Up, Down!

Putnam. May 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780525517337.
Toddler-PreS–A toddler spends a day with his father in this simple and charming picture book. After getting ready in the morning, father and child head to the pool and park, where they have a fun time learning to swim, making sand castles, and having ice cream. At the park, the toddler gets a balloon, which he loses soon after, and begins to cry, but his dad is there to comfort him and he feels better soon. Once they arrive home, they play together until mom arrives home from work. Sweet and unassuming, this picture book will have wide appeal. Gee uses repetition and simple text in bold font that pops off the page, making the book suitable for both group and one-on-one sharing. The illustrations, which were drawn in pencil and then painted digitally, feature soft, cheerful colors that reflect the warm tone of the story. Similarly, the character designs are appropriately sweet and adorable. This picture book features a black family and lovingly depicts a father as the primary caregiver to his son.
VERDICT With cute characters, charming illustrations, and a portrayal of a loving family, this is a delightful choice for young readers. Recommended

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