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Summary: A young boy tells us all of the things his best friend does for him and what they do together. This picture book celebrates the relationship between a father and child.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: By the time we got to page three, our child had figured out who the best friend was, and then s/he was done. S/He sat politely through the rest of the book, but when asked another time, wasn't interested in reading it again.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a series of vignettes, in part, celebrating the every-day things that make a parent-child relationship special. We kept hoping there was a little more to the story ... like I can talk to Dad when I have a problem.
Pros: The repetition and rhyming scheme of the book are great for new readers. Sons may enjoy reading this book with their dads.
Cons: Dad "lets" his son wash the car with a candy bar reward? That doesn't sound like friendship.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. If you have a new reader in the house, you may find this a good book for practicing vocabulary. If you're looking for a good my-daddy-and-me book, there are stronger titles out there.