Brun-Cosme, Nadine. Illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey. Daddy Long Legs. Kids Can Press, 2017. $15.95. ISBN 9781771383622. Unp. Ages 2-7. P7 Q7
Daddy Long Legs addresses a common abandonment fear experienced by many children. Matthew’s family’s car is having engine trouble and he is worried that his father won’t be able to pick him up from kindergarten. After exploring possible means of transportation—each more fantastic than the next—his father insists that he will be there for Matthew even if it means running to him on his own legs. This book lends a humorous voice to the familiar occurrence of separation anxiety among the very young. It is a helpful reminder for young readers that many other children experience fear and uncertainty while away from their parents. Aurélie Guillerey’s recognizable style of artwork will please any fan of the mid-century aesthetic.
Verdict: This book will be helpful to children coping with separation anxiety when they start school or are to be away from their parents. It is refreshing to include a father as a principal parent, or even as a single parent.
April 2017 review by Lillian Curanzy.