I am not a fan of made-up holidays, especially the ones that require you to buy some kind of card. Call me crazy, but I prefer to honor people I love year-round rather than on one specific day. That said, it’s hard to avoid holidays. Below are to two fine options to celebrate the fathers in your life. One is a humorous look at how dads do things and the other is a touching look at old and new generations.
It’s a new day, and it’s time to get cracking at the alligator house. Dad rouses the troops, feeds them and sets out to accomplish errands before heading to the park. Together they go on adventures, build forts, travel to distant lands and change their identities.
The first thing I noticed about “Gator Dad” was the incredibly detailed acrylic illustrations. There’s a lot going on in each one, and you can spend plenty of time with those alone. But “Gator Dad” wouldn’t work if it were illustrations alone. The simple prose adds just the right amount of context, and its lyrical nature make it fun to read aloud. What’s most important here are the familial connections, which ring loud and true.
The New is surrounded by things to touch; the Old by touching things. The New and Old are about to meet as the past and future collide.
“The Great and the Grand” looks at the beauty found in new discoveries and old memories as a new baby and old grandfather ready themselves for a first meeting. Benjamin Fox’s sparse, yet loving text builds the framework for Elizabeth Robbins’ beautiful paintings. The emotion in her illustrations jumps from the page.
“The Great and the Grand” is hopeful and nostalgic, making it a good gift choice for new grandfathers.