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A Book Review of Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug

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Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug
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The Bottom Line

J.D. Lester's Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug is an endearing board book about the enduring love between father and child. In a simple series of rhyming couplets, Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug takes the reader from a game of airplane between a human father and toddler, through the animal kingdom including whales, monkeys and penguins.

The whimsical watercolor illustrations of each scene in Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug perfectly complement the text. Unusual nicknames lend a silly touch and keep the board book from becoming mawkish. In review, Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug is a terrific choice for dads to read to their toddlers.

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  • Endearing and simple board book about the love between a father and child
  • Whimsical watercolor illustrations of human and animal scenes will captivate young children
  • Creative rhyming couplets describe each scene and give meaning to the featured nickname
  • Portrays positive father relationships without being overly sentimental or heavy handed


  • No interactive elements or texture that would delight a toddler


  • Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug is written by J.D. Lester, author of Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants
  • 24-page board book with watercolor illustrations by Hiroe Nakata
  • Published by Robin Corey Cooks, $7.99 suggested retail price
  • Simple rhyming couplets describe a series of human and animal father-child pairs
  • Appropriate for babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Guide Review - A Book Review of Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug

There's no shortage of books portraying mothers and children. It's harder to find a solid, simple book about fathers parenting their young. J.D. Lester's Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug nicely fills that void.

Each spread features a father-child pair engaged in a fun activity. Some of the book's nicknames make perfect sense, such as the father porcupine calling his baby "Prickly Pear" and the penguin calling, "Hockey Puck," as they slide across the ice. Others are outright silly, to children's delight.

This satisfying read has the potential to become a favorite for fathers reading to their young children at bedtime -- or any time. (This mom enjoys pulling it off the shelf too.) It's a great choice for a Father's Day gift or present for a new dad.

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