Hammer and Nails

Hammer and Nails


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Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe, Jessica Warrick

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy CLEL Bell Award, TALK
2017-2108 Chickadee Award

Darcy has plans. She and her friend are going to play dress up, do each other’s hair, and polish their nails. Daddy has plans, too. He’s going to read the paper, mow the lawn, and fix the fence. When Darcy’s friend cancels and she’s sure her day is ruined, Daddy suggests that they tackle their to-do lists together with a Darcy-Daddy Day. Daddy dons a tutu, and Darcy gives him a fancy hair do. They groom the lawn with Her Majesty’s Mowing Service and face off in a Daddy-directed sock battle. But will Darcy want to hammer? Will Daddy do nails? Stepping outside their comfort zones, Darcy and Daddy opt to be open-minded and even a bit daring. As Daddy says, “Sometimes things you’ve never done end up being fun!” With a gung-ho attitude, Darcy masters the hammer, and Daddy goes for it with the nails.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936261369
Publisher: Flashlight Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 631,924
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About the Author

Josh Bledsoe is a debut author and elementary school teacher who loves hanging out with his kids. He has, at one time or another, played hair and nail salon, designed epic obstacle courses, worn a tutu, and made sandwiches out of waffles. He lives with his wife and two children outside Nashville, TN. Jessica Warrick creates humorous children's book illustrations from her home studio. Her work has appeared in Weekly Reader, and this is her eighth picture book. She lives in Portland, OR.

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Hammer and Nails 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mjgreen More than 1 year ago
Love this! A great portrayal of the daddy/daughter relationship. The illustrations are AMAZING.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
Princess pink fluffiness slams against a hammer, nails and a lawn mower in a fun cooperation. Darcy's excited about a princess day until her friend has to cancel their plans. Luckily, Darcy's dad stands at the rescue. He needs to get a few things done, but agrees to mix it with her princess schedule. Together, they create the best day ever. This dad deserves kudos and more. He not only makes every princess dream come true (a nail polish is not an easy thing to deal with) but doesn't let his own work fall to the wayside. This is a perfect demonstration of real cooperation with tons of love. Not only does it work, but the results bring more fun to both sides than they would have originally had on their own. Darcy is a sweet, little girl with a very normal girl dream to play princess. Her heartbreak, when the day is cancelled, is understandable. Especially girls will sympathize with her. The father is a shinning example of dad's love and warms the heart. The ideas the two come up with to meet both of their wishes and needs is sweet, humorous and full of warm, happy feelings. It's hard not to love the dad/daughter relationship of after going through these pages. The illustrations are colorful and glide right along with a text fitting for ages 3+. There are cute details worked in, which guarantee a revisit time and again. My favorite aspect of this book (besides the wonderful ideas of mixing princess with hard work) is the dialogue. It comes across extremely natural and doesn't have the normal picture book feel. These two are people from everyday life. Summed up, this is a great read for daughters and their dads. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and loved it so much that I had to leave my thoughts.