Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Bureau of Misplaced Dads - a bookwrap

Unwrapping a quirky, fun book today just in time for Father's Day! 

Written by Eric Veillé and illustrated by Pauline Martin

Ages 3-6

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...

This book is about a nameless boy whose father has gone missing.  The first line reads....

"I accidentally misplaced my dad this morning."

Very upset the boy runs outside looking all over for him and asks a strange man if he has seen his dad.  As luck would have it...

"It just so happens that I work at the Bureau of Misplaced Dad," he said.  "Come with me.  With any luck, your father will be there waiting for you."

The boy follows along to this man's work.  The kind man tells him that at least 20-30 dads wander in every day and get found by their kids the same day.  The man then takes the boy on a tour of the facility looking for his dad.  On the journey they discover cavemen dads (who have been here since the dawn of time), crying dads, ping-pong playing dads, bubble-gum chewing dads ... but not the one belonging to the boy.  The man describes the different activities the dad's can participate in and some are downright creepy (like the dad popping out of the cardboard box with cutlery in his hands and a look on his face that says I'd like you for dinner, creepy).  Sadly the boy is unable to connect with his own special dad and the tears start to flow. 

All of a sudden the little boy has an "ah-ha" moment...

"Oh! I know where my dad is, I remember now."

Is the little boy telling the truth or does he just want to get out of that weird place with those uncanny misplaced dads staring at him.  Will he be reunited with his beloved father once again?  Is this a happily ever after story?  You will have to get the book to find out.

The illustrations are clean-cut, no clutter, soft colour pallet perfect for the story.  

About the illustrator...

Pauline Martin is a graphic designer and illustrator. She has illustrated numerous graphic novels as well as children's books.

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