I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work

32p. photos. Feiwel & Friends. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250078957.
PreS-Gr 2—Richards offers readers a contemporary and honest portrait of fatherhood in this new picture book, created with "real" fathers in mind. Richards has compiled his own website's ( email subscribers' personal photos and designed his book around a selection of fan submissions. Surrounded by bold and eye-catching color blocks, each page reveals a photo of a father and his child(ren) that candidly captures moments of adventure, moments of "nothing at all," and moments where fathers wonder what their children think about their own decisions, practices, and abilities. Next to a photo of a father and his daughter dressed up in costume, the text reads, "I wonder if you like my silly voices when I read to you," with the explanation that "I do it because I want you to use your imagination to know that anything can come to life as long as you want it to." The combination of simple yet purposeful text, coupled with photos of "dads being dads," conveys an image of fathers as partners, companions, motivators, and supporters.
VERDICT A tribute to and a celebration of "Daddies Doin' Work" all over the globe who might wonder about their roles and images as parents.

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