by David Ezra Stein
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015. Picture book.
Tad the tadpole is so proud of his dad, with his big, buggy eyes, strong legs for jumping, and huge mouth that can fill the whole pond with his singing. Dad is so proud of Tad as he watches him grow legs and helps him learn to jump and catch bugs! There is only one problem: with all the wiggling, croaking, and kicking going on at night on their lily pad bed, Dad can’t get any sleep. The humor increases as exuberant Tad gets bigger and stronger and poor Dad gets more and more tired. Dad finally decides to kick junior out of the bed, but then finds that he misses him more than expected. A great choice for all sleep-deprived fathers.