Book Review: Shopping With Dad

22 Oct

We just received our copy of Shopping With Dad by Matt Harvey and Miriam Latimer and I can’t think of enough great things to say about it!! We absolutely love it. I am SO impressed with Barefoot Books.

Shopping With Dad is about a little girl who sets off on a grocery shopping trip with her dad that is far from boring. To start with, Mom made the shopping list lots of fun with requests such as:

“Weatherbread, Dangerjam, Evergreen Eggs

Octopus Underpants, Spiders’ Legs”

While they’re shopping, the little girl gets a little crazy, and her dad gets a little bit stressed, but things get really crazy when the little girl’s sneeze sets off a disastrous chain of events. Here’s a sample of a line from the rhyming text that I love:

“And the sneezingy feeling it built up inside

And I just couldn’t stop it – I tried and I TRIED!”

When Dad gets blamed for the ensuing disaster, the little girl sends a wonderful message to readers when she takes responsibility for her own actions.

What I especially love about the book:

  • I love rhyming text in kids books when it’s done well, and this meter and rhyme in this one are great
  • The family represented is multi-ethnic and the shoppers at the store represent multiple ethnicities
  • I love that the Dad is doing the grocery shopping outside of the stereotypical “norm”
  • I love that it’s a book about a Daddy and daughter – not always easy to find
  • The illustrations are vibrant and engaging
  • The positive message/moral at the end

Shopping With Dad is suggested for ages 4-8, but Jenna loves reading it together at age 2. You can purchase the book for 20% off its suggested retail price of $16.99 when you click through the link in my sidebar on the right for Barefoot Books. It would make a great gift for any child, and parents will have fun reading it to.


Posted by on October 22, 2008 in Family, Product Reviews


3 responses to “Book Review: Shopping With Dad

  1. jen

    October 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    i’m excited to check this book out…thanks for the heads up!
    i totally agree with you about the rhyming! when it’s done right…it’s SO much better.

    and a book about daddy and daughter. perfect!

    thanks for the heads up!

  2. Maura

    October 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I’ve always loved kids’ books, even without any of my own. I’ll keep an eye out for this one when it comes time for donating books at Christmas.

  3. Colette

    October 24, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I love this book, there is so much going on apart from the main story. My kids loved finding all the items on mum’s wierd shopping list, the mouse on every page and the shop worker who falls in love!!
    I also think its great when Dad says “give. it. a.break” That is such a Dad thing!!

    Definitely a book to read over and over in order to see all the detail.



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