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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Dad with 10 Children (The)
by Benedicte Guettier
Age Range: Under_5
In this fun picture book by French author and illustrator Bénédicte Guettier a single parent Dad takes centre stage as he struggles to cope with looking after his brood of ten children. He has to prepare ten breakfasts, sort ten lots of clothes to wear and take ten children to school while he goes off to work. In the evening he has to bath and feed ten children, read one bedtime story and give ten goodnight kisses. During the little bit of free time he has in the evening the 'Dad' secretly builds himself a boat so that he can sail away to get some much needed peace and quiet.
The Dad with Ten Children is a witty tongue-in-cheek tale that has all the typical Guettier humour. With repetitive text, which is ideal for reading aloud, and enhanced by bold, colourful illustrations and a twist in the story, children are sure to love this quirky picture book. See also The Chicken who has a Toothache reviewed on the Outside In World website.