Picture Book Review and Activity: DADDY DEPOT plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

I hope all of you have scrolled through yesterday’s #50PreciousWordsforKids post. There were 57 wonderful stories written by kids in grades K-6. Children in six countries and thirteen states participated. And honestly, I read the makings of several awesome picture books. Many of the parents said their children wanted to know when the next challenge would be. I’m thrilled to have created a platform for our future authors. I’ll be reaching out to the friends who generously offered to donate a mini-Skype author visit – I’ll randomly pick one name from each grade level and that child’s class will receive the author visit.

Before we get to our wonderful picture book, we have a giveaway to take care of. Last week, Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum generously offered a copy of TRAINS DON’T SLEEP.

And the winner is…


Congratulations, Kim…let’s connect and I will put you in touch with Andria so she can get a copy of the book out to you!

Today’s picture book review is another of our fabulous 2017 debuts and I know you are going to love it! And the author, Chana Stiefel (who will be here tomorrow on Will Write for Cookies), is offering a copy of the book. So, if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway, please don’t forget to leave a comment.

book cover


Written by: Chana Stiefel

Illustrated by Andy Snair

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 2


Father-daughter love, humor


From Amazon:

“Come to Daddy Depot: The Dad Megastore! From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the perfect dad for you! Exchange your old dad for a brand-new one . . . TODAY!


Lizzie loves her dad, but he tells the same old jokes, falls asleep during story time, and gets distracted by football while Lizzie does her ballet twirls. When she sees an ad for a store called Daddy Depot, she decides to check it out―and finds dads of all kinds! Will Lizzie find the perfect dad? Join her on this sweet and silly adventure that celebrates fathers with lots of love.”

Why I like this book:

  • A perfect book filled with heart and humor – haven’t we all wanted to trade in a parent, a child, or even a spouse at one time or another?
  • Wonderful read-aloud!
  • Great illustrations.


Make a Daddy Depot Flip Book

flip bookPhoto courtesy: www.firstpalette.com

You will need: Construction paper, copy paper, scissors, markers or crayons, stapler.

  1. Make a book by folding several sheets of copy paper in half lengthwise. Staple the center so the pages don’t come loose.
  2. Draw a ‘Daddy’ on each right-hand page. Dress them differently and give them different hair-styles and features.
  3. Cut the pages in three so that you can flip any of the sections and end up with a mismatched Daddy. Kids will love the humor of this!

Make a list of what we love most about daddies. Put it in an envelope and save it for Father’s Day next month. Then make a list of what we love most about mommies…and give it to her tomorrow for Mother’s Day!

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the giveaway of a copy of DADDY DEPOT.

And Chana Stiefel and I will see you here tomorrow for her Will Write for Cookies Q&A.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on May 12, 2017, in book giveaway, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’ve known this is a heart-warming & humorous take on parent-child relationships since I had the pleasure of reading an early draft at the NJ SCBWI conference years ago. I can’t wait to read the final version & see how the illustrations further the story.

    Vivian, wonderful review & I love the flip book activity – what a great story prompt!


  2. Can’t wait to get this funny, fabulous book! Guaranteed to give you the giggles!


  3. That sounds like a very sweet and funny book. I love the Daddy flip book!


  4. Yay! A new book to check out, and one that looks like it delivers giggles along the way. I love your added bonus of the flip book. My daughter is at the right age to enjoy putting one of these together. It reminds me of a puzzle she had when she was little. Now that she loves to draw people and clothing, this will be a great art project for us to do together. Thank you!


  5. Looks like an amazing book. Added to the list for my trip to the library tomorrow.


  6. kimchaffee1007

    Thank you so much, Vivian!! My little train enthusiast will be thrilled! And Daddy Depot looks like the perfect Father’s Day gift… adding that to my list!


  7. David McMullin

    This book is a great idea. I cant wait to see it. And I love those flips books – hours of fun.


  8. I’ve been looking forward to this book and oh. My. Goodness. You’ve given me a great idea for our kids’ Fathers Day gift! Thank-you!


  9. Sue Heavenrich

    Can’t wait to read this book – and Viv – I totally LOVE your Daddy flip book!


  10. Totally can’t wait for this one. Chana is a dear, and so talented. THanks!


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