The first day of school can be a scary time, and Oliver’s household certainly has its share of anxiety as the big day approaches. In a departure from the usual trope, though, it’s Oliver’s dad who is having a tough time with the transition! Dad has had so much fun playing with his son all summer, and he wishes it could go on forever. Nonetheless, the first day of school arrives and Dad greets it with an upset tummy and a bad case of nerves. In attempts to delay the inevitable, he drags his feet getting ready, drives as slowly as possible, and won’t even leave the classroom without help from the teacher. Will Oliver be okay without him? What will he do all day? When will he get to be with his son again??
Poor Dad’s misery will spark giggles from parents and kids alike, and readers will be happy to know that he and Oliver are able to find a happy resolution. Dad’s First Day is a great back to school read for families, especially those who have little ones who might feel nervous about starting the new year. Thoughts from a 3-year-old: Dad’s First Day is sweet and silly, and the panicked looks on Dad’s face had my son empathizing with him and reassuring him that “it okay.”
40 pages ISBN: 978-1619634732 Ages 3-7
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA