Written & Illustrated by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press 9/09/2014
32 pages Age 2—5
“It’s raining and raining and raining, and Penelope is bored. “What would you do if you had your druthers?” asks her daddy. Well, if Penelope had her druthers, she’d go to the zoo. Or be a cowgirl. Or a pirate captain who sails to the island of dinosaurs, or flies away on a rocket to the moon. If Penelope had her druthers, she’d go off on amazing adventures — but then again, being stuck inside may not be so bad if your daddy is along for the ride!” [publisher]
It’s a rainy day and young Ms. Penelope is bored. Rain continues flowing down the window and the sky remains dark. Dad is home reading a book—good for you dad—and he notices his daughter’s frustration and boredom. Dad asks Penelope,
“If you had your druthers, what would you do?”
“What are druthers?”
“Druthers are what you would rather do if you could do anything at all.”
Penelope decides if she had her druthers, she and dad would go to the zoo. That is just what they do. Hunkered down behind the bars of a stair railing, dad becomes a caged ape. “Ooo-ooo-ooo,” Dad calls out from his “cage.”
But druthers change and Penelope decides she would like to be a cowgirl. Dad strides one arm of the couch and his daughter the other. Together they ride their horses . . . until Penelope decides being a pirate would be fun . . . and flying to the moon . . . and . . . with dad tuckered out Penelope makes one final druthers.
“But I guess if I really had my druthers . . . “
Druthers is a wonderful book for rainy days or any boring day. It exemplifies the creativity of imagination. Dad is a hoot and the perfect parent to spend a day with, on any day. I also love that while Penelope is staring out the window waiting for the rain to stop, Dad is reading a book. What a wonderful detail to promote reading. I also love all the activities the two imagined while laughing, singing, dancing, smiling, and enjoying each other while playing together like best friends.
The illustrations are wonderful and do a great job of visualizing all of Penelope’s druthers. Kids and parents will love the story and each scenario and, like myself, all the details that make everything come alive. Druthers allows you to experience the fun, and laugh along with Dad and Penelope. There are not enough books with dad directly involved with his child. Druthers is the best “Dad book”and a wonderful gift idea for Father’s Day (tie not included).
Penelope’s really druthers,
“. . . it would rain tomorrow, too.”
Druthers is a keeper! If I had my druthers, every dad would share this book with his child(ren), boy or girl.
DRUTHERS. Text and illustrations © 2014 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Sommerville, MA.
Purchase Druthers at Amazon—Book Depository—Candlewick Press.
Learn more about Druthers HERE.
Meet the author/illustrator, Matt Phelan, at his website: http://www.mattphelan.com/studio-tour.html
Find more picture books at the Candlewick Press website: http://www.candlewick.com
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Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews
I love this book! Have a nice, signed copy from when Matt was at the Princeton Book Festival 😀
You have a signed copy!? You lucky stiff. I read your long, long (and they accuse me of long posts) long post on that wonderful day you had. Made me sooo jealous. Nothing like that happens where I am at. Loved the post. Read every word.
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And you know, my intention was to keep the posts very short. Who knew I’d end up posting about events I attend! They’re long largely because of the pics and all the links and stuff, but I WILL get to posts that will be shorter. I happen to prefer reading short posts, too, because I’m spending too much time reading them! lol Glad you enjoyed that post, btw 🙂
I think you have a wonderful site. Waiting so long to officially launch paid off. You have tons of readers and comments and some fantastic posts. I’m hooked, though I must get better at commenting on blogs I read. 😦
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You’re so kind, Sue 🙂 And, as you may remember, I wasn’t waiting really—I just wanted to do it a certain way and had to make time to do it 🙂 Now I don’t have time to write posts! lol
I can see why you like this one so much, Sue. Love the title and the special relationship between the daddy and his daughter.
I’ve been so anxious to share this one . . . and the next. 🙂