Fathers are often conspicuous by their absence in children’s picture books. Such invisibility is deliberately reversed in the ‘celebration of fatherhood’ subgenre so ably exemplified by Anthony Browne’s My Dad, or more recently Daddy’s Lullaby by Tony Bradman, amongst others.
In I Love My Daddy, elements of parent-child interaction are exemplified from a father’s perspective. Cue lots of delightful images of toddler and father laughing in rough and tumble play and making pancakes together. Emma Dodd’s warmly accessible illustrations make this book lovely to look at, and there is much that fathers and young children can identify with. I Love My Daddy is an affirmation of the importance of being a dad and that dads are special in the lives of their children.