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.