How to Cheer Up Dad
By Fred Kohler
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014. Unpaged picture book.
Little Jumbo is wreaking havoc around the house, which makes Dad pretty unhappy. Who would be happy with an elephant son who refuses to eat his breakfast, take a bath, or wear clothes? Then Little Jumbo suggests Dad takes a time-out to improve his mood. (This doesn't go over well with Dad.) He thinks of some loving ways to cheer him up, like giving him a hug and sharing his ice cream. I love this picture book, and I think it would make a wonderful birthday or Father's Day gift for weary dads. The artwork is full of life and personality, and will get a laugh out of parents and children. One especially priceless scene features Jumbo standing on his chair, blowing raisins to the ceiling...then they land on Dad's head.