Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review - The Bureau of Misplaced Dads

The Bureau of Misplaced Dads
by Éric Veillé
illustrated by Pauline Martin
Date: 2013
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

When a boy's father goes missing, he looks for him at The Bureau of Misplaced Dads, where at least 20 or 30 dads wander in every day and wait for their kids to fetch them. There are bearded dads, a dad named Michael and even a Super Dad, but none of them belong to the boy. He is about to lose hope when he suddenly remembers what he and his father were playing just before the disappearance. Like the best dads, this book is a little bit kooky and a whole lot of fun.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

What a silly little book! But it's pretty funny, too.

A boy's father goes missing, and he's told to go look for him at the Bureau of Misplaced Dads, which is sort of like a lost-and-found for hapless paternal caregivers. Dads apparently wander in off the street after being misplaced. Sometimes they cry (so they're given juice and cookies), but there are plenty of other things for the dads to do while they wait for their kids to come and collect them. Sometimes, the Bureau even releases a few into the wild!

The kooky story isn't going to be to everyone's taste, but I quite enjoyed it. The illustrations aren't anything special, but it's kind of fun to see all the different dads (from a Super Dad to a dad who always looks like he's just gotten out of bed to a dad named Michael).

Not to worry, though: the story does have a happy ending. But getting there and seeing this wacky lost-and-found for fathers is a fun ride.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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