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I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work
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I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work

by Doyin Richards
 

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Perfect for Father's Day or all year round! What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort. Dads may sometimes wonder if they're doing a good job. But one thing they're sure of is that they love every moment with their children.

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Perfect for Father's Day or all year round! What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort. Dads may sometimes wonder if they're doing a good job. But one thing they're sure of is that they love every moment with their children.

Doyin Richards is a dad whose mission is to celebrate "how fatherhood is the coolest and most rewarding gig a man will ever have in his lifetime." I Wonder is a book for families to share on special occasions, and every day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/11/2016
Writing in the voice of a parent expressing his hopes for his child, author and Daddy Doin’ Work blogger Richards strikes an affecting balance between insecurity and strength. Photographs—collected from Richards’s Instagram followers—show a diverse range of fathers and children spending time together: snowboarding, cooking, swimming, and even providing a patient potty-training audience. “I wonder if you think I’m being too hard on you when I tell you to never give up,” reads a typical entry. “I do it because I know you have the toughness within you to do anything.” Dads (and kids) of all types should find Richards’s message deeply reassuring and relatable. Ages 3–5. Agent: Frances Black, Literary Counsel. (May)
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"Writing in the voice of a parent expressing his hopes for his child, author and Daddy Doin’ Work blogger Richards strikes an affecting balance between insecurity and strength. Photographs—collected from Richards’s Instagram followers—show a diverse range of fathers and children spending time together: snowboarding, cooking, swimming, and even providing a patient potty-training audience. “I wonder if you think I’m being too hard on you when I tell you to never give up,” reads a typical entry. “I do it because I know you have the toughness within you to do anything.” Dads (and kids) of all types should find Richards’s message deeply reassuring and relatable."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Well-known blogger and speaker Richards turns his attention to the picture-book set with this photo-heavy title about fathers and their children. Big, full-color photos show dads of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities playing with their kids; helping them get dressed or use the potty; and providing a helping hand on the playground, in the kitchen, or in the pool. Accompanying each photo is a sweet first-person statement,
many of which express questions about fatherhood: “I wonder if you enjoy seeing me work my magic in the kitchen” or “I wonder if you’re scared when I ask you to try new things.” T
he emphasis on dads being active, involved parents is refreshing." -- Booklist

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Dads often get a bad rap for not participating in the day-to-day care of their children’s lives. Richards comes around to break that stereotype. Pictures of fathers carrying, motivating, dressing, and playing with their children cover every layout of this picture book. Each color photograph is accompanied by a short “I wonder…” statement, followed by an important lesson a father would want to teach his children. Surely, fathers everywhere will love to spend time reading these out loud to their little ones as they turn the pages of this short book. While fathers may not relate to every single image, they will certainly understand the moral of the story: children love to do things with their dads. In our changing world the image of the stereotypical, distant, uninvolved father has started to crumble. Richards smashes it to the ground. This book would make a perfect gift to any newborn dad. Moms, too, will enjoy reminding their children of the positive role model they have in their lives. Reviewer: Remy Dou; Ages 2 to 6.
School Library Journal
03/01/2016
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 (http://daddydoinwork.com/) 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.—Brianne Colombo, Pequannock Township Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250078957
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
877,853
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Doyin Richards is a father, husband, writer, consultant, and public speaker inspiring mothers and fathers to think, laugh, and learn while evolving as parents and couples. He is the author of the popular parenting blog Daddy Doin' Work, and the book, Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood, and has appeared on nationally broadcast television shows including the Today show and Good Morning America. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.

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