A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that's indelible—ink and love.
Plus, this is the fixed-format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition!
A preschooler is fascinated by his father's elaborate tattoos and the personal history behind them. A dragon tattoo prompts Dad to recall how his mother would read him a beloved book "over and over." A desert scene takes Dad back to his military service ("the longest trip I ever took"), when he and a line of grunts trudged across a sun-baked landscape. But Dad and his "little man" agree that their favorite tattoo is a small heart, right over the man's real heart, which contains his son's birth date. Wheeler's (Wherever You Go) cutaways to the past are evocative and imaginatively framed, but McGhee's (The Case of the Missing Donut) decision to give Dad the only voice in the book he's both the storyteller and articulator of his son's questions ("What do you mean, this one's your favorite?") may leave readers wondering why the boy isn't speaking for himself. Regardless, the premise and pictures make this a deeply touching story and with its ink-proud, scruffily handsome paterfamilias, it's right on trend as well. Ages 3 5. Author's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator's agent: Jennifer Rof , Andrea Brown Literary Agency.