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Daddy Cuddle

Daddy Cuddle

Kate Mayes / Sara Acton

Young Bunny rises early, eager to start the day, but will Daddy ever wake up?

retail your price $17.99

Daddy Cuddle

Daddy Cuddle

Young Bunny rises early, eager to start the day, but will Daddy ever wake up?



Complete Series of 1: your price $17.99

Interest Level: Ages 0-5
  • Hardcover picture book

  • Pages: 32

  • Trim Size: 8.75 " x 8.75"

Kirkus Reviews,
April 1, 2017

“An enthusiastic early riser tries to get the attention of a sleepyhead daddy. Caregivers who similarly like to sleep in will see where this is going from the opening page: “Early in the morning, when it’s quiet and dark, Bunny’s eyes go ping!” The little tyke is snuggled in a blanket, ears alert and nose lifted, eyes wide and eager to see what fun the day holds. The child peeks around the corner of Daddy’s door, stands at his bedside, blankie in hand, looking hopefully up. But no matter what Bunny offers, Daddy snoozes on. “Daddy ball? // Daddy bike? // Daddy kite?” After what must seem like forever to the little tyke, Mayes and Acton insert a doublepage spread that isolates Bunny on verso against a white background and dwarfed by a giant speech bubble that extends across the gutter: “Wake up, Daddy!” This does the trick, and the final four spreads depict the tender relationship of father and child: “Daddy lift. // Daddy kiss. // Daddy snuggle. // Daddy cuddle.” This last finds the two peacefully asleep. Acton’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations are delightfully rough and sketchy, keeping the focus on expressions and body language. With its simple vocabulary and pattern, this just might keep young early risers in bed a little longer to read, but don’t count on it.”—Vicky Smith

The Baby Bookworm Blog,
March 27, 2017

“Hello, everybody! Our book today is Daddy Cuddle, written by Kate Mayes and illustrated by Sara Acton, a sweet and simple story of waking up. A young bunny is the first to wake in his house, and rushes to his parents’ room to wake his father to start the day. “Daddy up?” he asks, but Daddy Bunny is still fast asleep. The bunny toddler sets about finding something to rouse his daddy out of bed, suggesting various activities like “Daddy ball?” and “Daddy bike?”, but still, nothing seems to bring Daddy Bunny to wakefulness. At last, the little bunny gives a frustrated shout, and Daddy Bunny wakes, chuckles, and brings his little bunny up for snuggles, and Young Bunny finds that sometimes the best morning activity is just a quiet Daddy cuddle. This was an adorable little story that any family with wee early risers will relate to. The story is mostly told through the darling watercolor art, with the text primarily conveying Young Bunny’s dialogue in simple two-word sentences. This makes the length perfect for baby bookworms, and JJ really enjoyed it. It’s a very sweet father-and-child (whose gender is left ambiguous) story celebrating the early-morning energy of little ones, and the quiet, cuddly moments between daddies and their babies. Baby Bookworm approved!”—JJ and Mama

Publishers Weekly,
April 21, 2017

“‘Early in the morning, when it’s quiet and dark, Bunny’s eyes go ping!’ But Bunny’s father is sound asleep. With spare text and subtle ink-and-watercolor art, Mayes and Acton follow the young bunny’s efforts to awaken his father, riding a bike into the bedroom (‘Daddy bike?’), dragging in a kite (‘Daddy kite?’), and offering him a toothbrush (‘Daddy brush?’). After getting fed up, the small rabbit deploys a loud ‘Wake up Daddy!’ followed by cuddles and snuggles. Originally published in Australia, this is a graceful dance of words and pictures, tenderly conveying the familiar mismatch between exhausted parents and their eager-eyed children. Ages 4–8. (Apr.) ”

The Washington Post,
June 7, 2017

“A young bunny hops out of bed, full on energy, and looks for his dad. ‘Daddy up?’ he asks, while peering at his sleeping father through a door. He brings a toy in and rolls it right beside his father’s bed. ‘Daddy ball?’ Next he brings a bike, a kite, swim gear, and even his dad’s cellphone. Will his dad ever wake up? Finally, the youngster shouts, ‘Wake up, Daddy!’ The dad responds warmly, and soon the pair are snuggling. Luscious artwork accompanies the delightful story. ”—Mia Geiger

School Library Journal,
June 1, 2017

“Young Bunny gets up ‘early in the morning, when it's quiet and dark,’ and is ready to play. He immediately hops to his parents' bedroom and tries to wake up Daddy Bunny. When the little rabbit gets no response, he finds a ball and tries to convince his dad to bounce it with him. He continues to find more and more toys until the room is a disaster. Finally, Daddy wakes up and lifts Bunny, gives him a kiss, and cuddles him back to sleep. A blur of tan next to Daddy insinuates that another bunny who is familiar with this game has pulled the blanket over his or her head. This Australian import with soft pen and watercolor illustrations will be familiar to caregivers everywhere. VERDICT A great addition for a storytime with a caregiver or good morning theme. Consider purchasing for most libraries. ”—Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI