Dad's Camera

Dad's Camera

by Ross Watkins, Liz Anelli

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Overview

A moving portrayal of love and loss captures who — and what — we leave behind once we’re gone.


One day Dad comes home with one of those old cameras, the kind that uses film. But he doesn’t take photos of the regular things people photograph. He takes pictures of his keys, his coffee cup, the objects scattered on his desk. He starts doing a lot of things that are hard to understand, like putting items that belong in the fridge in the cupboard and ones that belong in the cupboard in the fridge. In a sensitive, touching tale about losing a family member to a terminal illness, Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli prove that love is the one thing that can never be forgotten.

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From the Publisher

Done in a primary palette, the impressionistic illustrations have energy and appeal and are tasteful, raw, and emotional...As readers experience uncertainty, Watkins opens the door to discussion, making this an opportunity for dialogue about an illness that touches the lives of so many today.
—Kirkus Reviews

Front endpapers display a gallery of family photos, while the back endpapers show the pictures the son takes with Dad's camera, demonstrating the touching way he carries on his father's memory. A bittersweet book about illness, mourning, and grief that movingly emphasizes the importance of remembrance.
—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

2018-08-14

A father with Alzheimer's uses a camera to capture memories for his family.

When Dad brings home an old camera, he takes pictures of objects only. Rolls of film reveal the minutiae of life: jam jars, measuring tape, the bus stop. Knowing his father's circumstances, the son believes the photos represent what his father wants to remember—yet there are no pictures of himself or his mom. Anger, sadness, and empathy wash over them as they remind themselves of what the doctor said about Dad's behavior. After Dad passes away, the boy and his mom receive a box in the mail with Dad's writing on the label. Inside is his camera, with one photo on the roll: a snapshot of a framed picture of their family. Together, mother and son realize Dad's photos were to help them remember him. Anelli uses monoprints to capture the spontaneity of drawing, mirroring the idea of someone trying to capture an impression of his life. She layers these moments of inspiration with collage, watercolors, and digital coloring. Her free-form lines done with a skillful, controlled hand are at the core of the artwork. Done in a primary palette, the impressionistic illustrations have energy and appeal and are tasteful, raw, and emotional. Mom, Dad, and narrator all have light skin and dark hair.

As readers experience uncertainty, Watkins opens the door to discussion, making this an opportunity for dialogue about an illness that touches the lives of so many today. (Picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536220773
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 21 MB
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Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

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